Publisher: Addison-Wesley, 2011, 463 pages
Getting software released to users is often a painful, risky, and time-consuming process. This groundbreaking new book sets out the principles and technical practices that enable rapid, incremental delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality to users. Through automation of the build, deployment, and testing process, and improved collaboration between developers, testers, and operations, delivery teams can get changes released in a matter of hours — sometimes even minutes–no matter what the size of a project or the complexity of its code base.
Jez Humble and David Farley begin by presenting the foundations of a rapid, reliable, low-risk delivery process. Next, they introduce the "deployment pipeline," an automated process for managing all changes, from check-in to release. Finally, they discuss the "ecosystem" needed to support continuous delivery, from infrastructure, data and configuration management to governance.
The authors introduce state-of-the-art techniques, including automated infrastructure management and data migration, and the use of virtualization. For each, they review key issues, identify best practices, and demonstrate how to mitigate risks. Coverage includes
Whether you’re a developer, systems administrator, tester, or manager, this book will help your organization move from idea to release faster than ever — so you can deliver value to your business rapidly and reliably.
Long, repetitive, and sometimes boring, but contains a lot of truths that we in the IT industry sometimes tries to forget.
Still, I would recommend this for anyone working in IT. From developers and operators to group and mid-range managers.