Tom Sulston

Continuous delivery

Tom works for ThoughtWorks. He is a consultant in the continuous delivery space and also loves the whole DevOps thing. He has previously spoken at Agile and XP conferences on continuous delivery, devops culture, & build pipeline practices. Tom lives in Melbourne, having previously worked for Thoughtworks in the UK, US, Germany, and India.





Continuous delivery

Monday 8.30 - 16.30 in: Honey Badger

In this tutorial we take the unique approach of moving from release back through testing to development practices, analyzing at each stage how to improve collaboration and increase feedback so as to make the delivery process as fast and efficient as possible. At the heart of the tutorial is a pattern called the deployment pipeline, which involves the creation of a living system that models your organization's value stream for delivering software. We spend the first half of the tutorial introducing this pattern, and discussing how to incrementally automate the build, test and deployment process, culminating in continuous deployment.

In the second half of the tutorial, we introduce agile infrastructure, including the use of Puppet to automate the management of testing and production environments. We'll discuss automating data management, including migrations. Development practices that enable incremental development and delivery will be covered at length, including a discussion of why branching is inimical to continuous delivery, and how practices such as branch by abstraction and componentisation provide superior alternatives that enable large and distributed teams to deliver incrementally.

Tags: Architecture Dev Ops