The pace of technological advancement and demand for constant innovation is changing the way that software engineers approach development and design. In many instances, traditional Waterfall SCRUM has been replaced by an Agile development supported by Lean practices and a DevOps culture.
This new model depends on the concept of continuous delivery – a development approach wherein teams are:
- Continuously integrating the software built by developers;
- Building new components, features and fixes;
- Running automated tests to detect failures and problems; and
- Delivering frequent new releases
As a result of this continual approach, teams are able to produce software in short cycles, quickly incorporate feedback and reliably release to production at any time.
Continuous delivery is a model that we leverage within our development. In fact, we’ve created our own continuous delivery pipeline based on the following four hallmarks of continuous delivery:
1. Keep it Small – Continuous delivery begins with small teams, working to deliver discrete product functions. It also operates on short cycles of reliable, low risk releases, so teams can constantly make changes and incorporate feedback without the stigma of the traditional software release.
2. Keep it Iterative –Within a continuous delivery approach, software is always being altered and going through a process of build-test-release, so it’s easier to incorporate real-time user feedback and rapidly develop iterative improvements.
3. Keep it Automated – Automated testing improves efficiency. Automated tools, like Jenkins Automation, can help test builds, and isolate code problems to be fixed. They can also provide failure notifications in real time, so developers can quickly react to issues as they arise. And taking the manual component out of code testing improves both accuracy and speed-to-market.
4. Keep it Lean– Limiting releases of new features to select user groups enables the execution of low-risk Lean experiments, wherein issues can be quickly resolved by fixing-it-forward. This means that developers are able to test new features without significant impact on the user experience.
Continuous delivery helps companies rapidly accelerate the speed-to-market of their products and product updates, reduce costs and risks, and enhance customer relationships as products are constantly improved. Contact us directly for more information about how we leverage this approach within our development.
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