A Children's A to Z of Continuous Delivery
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A Children's A to Z of Continuous Delivery

About the Book

Hello! Continuous Delivery is really important, but it's also really hard. Denise Yu and Steve Smith thought it might be fun to share with you a friendly introduction to the best bits of Continuous Delivery, in a medium that everyone can understand.

This 26-page book will provide an overview of Continuous Delivery from "A to Z" in the form of sketchnotes. From "A is for Automation" to "I is for Incremental Deployment" and onto "Z is for Zzzzzz", we've got you covered.

Who Should Read This Book

New and experienced practitioners of Continuous Delivery. Kids. Anyone who likes drawings of cats using computers.


The foreword to this book will be written by Dave Farley, co-author of the  Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010). Dave's a big kid at heart, and likes drawings of cats using computers.

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About the Authors

Denise Yu
Denise Yu

Denise is a software engineer. She speaks regularly at Meetups and conferences in Europe, North America, and Asia on a wide range of topics including continuous delivery, organisational culture, infrastructure-as-code, test-driven development, and diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Steve Smith is an IT consultant specialising in Digital Transformation, Continuous Delivery, and Operability. Since 2008, Steve has worked on transformation transformation programmes, in leadership and hands-on roles for public and private sector organisations.

Those roles include creating a deployment pipeline for 8 teams/70 microliths in a media company with £14Bpa revenue, building an operability toolchain for 60 teams/600 microservices in a UK government department with £500Bpa revenue, and creating a Continuous Delivery & Operability strategy for 30 teams/100 microservices in a high street retailer with £2Bpa website revenue.

Steve is a Principal Consultant and Operability Practice Lead at Equal Experts, a worldwide network of technology consultants that specialises in solving complex challenges for enterprise organisations.

Steve is the author of Measuring Continuous Delivery, plus a co-author of A Children's A to Z of Continuous Delivery and Build Quality In. Steve blogs at stevesmith.tech, chats on Twitter at @SteveSmith_Tech, and is a regular conference speaker.

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Dave Farley
Dave Farley

Continuous Delivery author

Dave Farley is a thought-leader in the field of Continuous Delivery, DevOps and Software Development in general. He is co-author of the Jolt-award winning book Continuous Delivery a regular conference speaker and blogger and one of the authors of the Reactive Manifesto. Dave is the former Head of Software development at LMAX Ltd, home of the OSS Disruptor, a company that are well known for the excellence of their code and the exemplary nature of their development process. Dave is now an independent software developer and consultant, and founder and director of Continuous Delivery Ltd.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Dave Farley
  • About Denise Yu
  • About Steve Smith
  • What is Continuous Delivery?
  • A is for Automation
  • B is for Batch Size
  • C is for Cloud
  • D is for DevOps
  • E is for Environments
  • F is for Feature Toggles
  • G is for Generative Culture
  • H is for Handoffs
  • I is for Incremental Deployment
  • J is for Jobs To Do
  • K is for Knowledge Sharing
  • L is for Lean
  • M is for Measurement
  • N is for No Projects
  • O is for Operability
  • P is for Pipeline
  • Q is for Quality
  • R is for Resilience
  • S is for Stateful
  • T is for Tools
  • U is for Unknowables
  • V is for Versioning
  • W is for ???
  • X is for XP
  • Y is for ???
  • Z is for Zzzzz

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