ReleaseManagement
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DevOps is a journey that every team should at least have started by now. Most of the engagements I have been on in the last year or so have been in the build/release automation space. There are still several practices that I think teams must invest in to remain competitive – unit testing during builds and integration testing during releases are crucial foundations for more advanced DevOps, which ...
DevOps
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In part 1 I introduced some thoughts as to how good architecture makes DevOps easier. And how good DevOps drives better architecture – a symbiotic relationship. I discussed how good source control structure, branching strategies, loosely coupled architectures and package management can make DevOps easier. In this post I’ll share some thoughts along the same lines for infrastructure as code, ...
DevOps
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(Read part 2 here) I haven’t blogged for a long while – it’s been a busy few months! One of the things I love about being a DevOps consultant is that I have to be technically proficient – I can’t help teams develop best practices if I don’t know the technology to at least a reasonable depth – but I also get to be a catalyst for change. I love the cultural dynamics of DevOps. After all, as my ...
Testing
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There are several different types of test – unit tests, functional test, load tests and so on. Generally, unit tests are the easiest to implement and have a high return on investment. Conversely, UI automation tests tend to be incredibly fragile, hard to maintain and don’t always deliver a huge amount of value. However, if you carefully design a good UI automation framework (especially for web ...