Continuous integration and continuous delivery
The recent past methodologies have been time-consuming causing delays in deliveries, intermittent communications with the clients, and unstructured project management. DevOps is the solution introduced that overcomes bottlenecks by blending the tasks performed by the development team and the operations team for better outcomes. Continuous is one word we would get to hear on a repeated mode in DevOps methodologies. The two main factors that help us release builds faster and more robust are Continuous integration, continuous delivery.
It is to integrate individual modules as soon as it is developed followed by the deployment process to a central repository. This would avoid isolating the development process until it is completed. This creates frequent development and release, the frequency varies from multiple times a day, once in a day or once in a week. The process begins with the development team building a module of the software after which the system runs unit tests and other code quality tests which can be automated. Through this developers can detect conflicts between the new code and existing code, once these conflicts are resolved the developers would proceed to the next module with confidence that the new module matched the requirements and did not interrupt the existing code.
The motive of this factor is to ensure early detection of integration bugs and a transparent development program.
The continuous delivery comes into the loop post continuous integration where the module or software is tested and checked if it is eligible for deployment. Continuous delivery focuses on automating the entire process of deployments without much complications. Deployment pipelines are the major factor of continuous delivery, Once the development team has pushed the build, the deployment pipeline starts in which all the tests are performed like unit testing, Code quality analysis, smoke tests after all the tests are passed then the build is accepted for release.After the system passes the deployment pipeline and fulfills all the required parameters, the system is deployed into production with no further confirmations or approvals. This method of Continuous deployment benefits the organization by receiving faster feedbacks and to develop an in depth understanding of the requirements.
Adapting to a new project management strategy is a challenge, but definitely worth a try to see the outcome. It is recommended that every organization should adapt the new project management strategies in order to deliver best results. We are one such organization who adapted to devops after rounds of analysis but we were delighted to see the outcome and responses from our clients.
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