schedule Oct 15th 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM place Tiered Classroom people 8 Interested

I often suggest to teams that they should be using all sorts of tools in their pipelines- from simple static analysis checks and automated builds to security scans and performance testing. I've done presentations and talks at conferences. I've lobbied to clients. I've commiserated with my colleagues. But I've never put together my dream pipeline in one of my own projects.

There are always reasons that some tests and tools get left out- our policies won't allow them, they will take too long to get approved, we don't have time, we have bigger problems to deal with, it just isn't what the client is looking for right now. And I usually think, if only I were in charge, I'd make sure we were using those...

In late 2017 I took over maintenance on an open-source project. Now I have no restrictions. The sky's the limit. No one is around to tell me what I can't do. So why don't I have my dream pipeline in place yet?

I'll talk about the trade-offs and compromises I made when building out the pipeline. Why I decided to focus on some tools and tests but skipped others, and what I need to do or change to make this delivery process the pipeline I've always dreamed about, now that I have no one else to blame.

 
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I'll talk about the trade-offs and compromises I made when building out the pipeline for an existing open-source project that I took over. Why I decided to focus on some tools and tests but skipped others, and what I need to do or change to make this delivery process the pipeline I've always dreamed about, now that I have no one else to blame.

Rough outline

  • Introduction to the Project
  • Inherited Needs
  • The Approach
  • Initial Fixes
  • Trade-Offs
  • Pipeline of my Dreams

Learning Outcome

  • There are always trade-offs.
  • Not every best practice applies in every situation.
  • Time is always a factor.
  • The pipeline is about building confidence that the software is a viable candidate for production. Or realizing as early as you can that it isn’t.
  • Do just enough of each type of testing at each step in the delivery pipeline to determine if further testing is justified.

Target Audience

This case study is intended for anyone working on a build pipeline that wants to hear some lessons learned about what can or can't be done when the environment and organization aren't standing in your way.

Prerequisite

Attendees should be at least roughly familiar with their current delivery process, or at least have a process in mind. No prior knowledge of DevOps, continuous delivery, or automation is assumed.

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