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About the Book

Build Quality In

Build Quality In is a book of Continuous Delivery and DevOps experience reports from the wild.

The interdependent disciplines of Continuous Delivery and DevOps are of immense value to an organisation, but they are hard. We have seen Continuous Delivery and DevOps work in the wild, as have other practitioners. We want to help people on their own Continuous Delivery and DevOps journey, by sharing the experiences of those who have done it – what worked, what didn’t, and the highs and lows of trying to build quality into an organisation.

Contributors

We have an incredible group of Continuous Delivery and DevOps practitioners, who have freely shared their own first-hand experiences in this area. 

Thanks to all our contributors!

Steve Smith and Matthew Skelton

Forewords

The Continuous Delivery foreword is written by Dave Farley. Dave Farley is co-author of the Jolt award winning book Continuous Delivery. He has been having fun with computers for over 30 years. Over that period he has worked on most types of software. He has a wide range of experience leading the development of complex software in teams, large and small. Dave was an early adopter of agile development techniques, employing iterative development, continuous integration and significant levels of automated testing on commercial projects from the early 1990s. More recently Dave has worked in the field of low latency computing developing high performance software for the finance industry. Dave currently works for KCG Ltd.

The DevOps foreword is written by Patrick Debois. Patrick Debois is a developer, manager, sysadmin, and tester. He first presented concepts on Agile Infrastructure at Agile 2008 in Toronto, and in 2009 he organized the first DevOpsDays . Since then he has been promoting the notion of ‘devops’ to exchange ideas between these groups and show how they can help each other to achieve better results in business. 

Code Club

We are donating 70% of author royalties to Code Club – a not-for-profit organisation that runs a UK-wide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. We passionately believe that diversity within the IT industry must improve, and efforts must start in our schools. A purchase of our book at $20.00 will yield a donation of $12.26 and a purchase at $25.00 will yield a donation of $15.40.

Thank you for buying Build Quality In. As well as providing a range of in-depth Continuous Delivery and DevOps stories, your purchase will contribute to children learning to code and general skills such as problem solving and collaboration regardless of their gender or ethnicity.

About the Editors

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Steve Smith is a Continuous Delivery consultant at Always Agile Consulting Ltd. As an early adopter of Continuous Delivery, Steve has overseen Continuous Delivery transformation programmes in multiple organisations to reduce lead times and increase product revenues. 

An XP developer with 14 years of software development experience in Britain and New Zealand, Steve favours practices such as Pair Programming, Test-Driven Development, and Continuous Integration to build quality into software products. 

Steve is a co-author of the Continuous Delivery book "Build Quality In", a co-organiser of the annual PIPELINE conference, and a regular speaker at conferences such as Agile On The Beach and Lean Agile Scotland.

Steve blogs at Always Agile Consulting Ltd and is on Twitter at @AgileSteveSmith.

Matthew Skelton
Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton has been building, deploying, and operating commercial software systems since 1998. Co-founder and Principal Consultant at Skelton Thatcher Consulting (https://skeltonthatcher.com/), he specialises in helping organisations to adopt and sustain good practices for building and operating software systems: Continuous Delivery, DevOps, aspects of ITIL, and software operability.

Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at devopstopologies.com and is co-author of the books Database Lifecycle Management (Redgate, 2015), Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET (O’Reilly, 2016), and Team Guide to Software Operability (Skelton Thatcher Publications, 2016)

About the Contributors

James Betteley
James Betteley

Doing the DevOps thing

Many years ago, someone decided to put me in charge of doing builds and releases of software. I can't remember why, I think everyone else was out at lunch. I inherited a system of batch files, shell scripts and all sorts of weird and wonderful things which, to this very day, I still don't understand. Since then I've made it my job to debunk complicated software systems, automate as much as possible and just try to make things more sensible. My main driver is bringing real business value through great Development & Operations processes, whether that be by using tools or implementing a new process or culture. Check out my blog at http://devopsnet.com/
Dave Farley
Dave Farley
Dave Farley is co-author of the Jolt award winning book Continuous Delivery. He has been having fun with computers for over 30 years. Over that period he has worked on most types of software. He has a wide range of experience leading the development of complex software in teams, large and small. Dave was an early adopter of agile development techniques, employing iterative development, continuous integration and significant levels of automated testing on commercial projects from the early 1990s. More recently Dave has worked in the field of low latency computing developing high performance software for the finance industry. Dave currently works for KCG Ltd.
John Clapham
John Clapham
Simon Hildrew
Simon Hildrew
Simon led the Guardian's digital operations team for two years before changing role and becoming a developer (albeit with an operations focus). Since then he has tackled pain points encountered by operations, including writing tooling that enables deployments to be carried out more reliably and more frequently across a diverse range of legacy and new product stacks. His aim is to create solutions that developers don't need to be coerced into adopting, but they want to use because they eliminate hassle and manual work from their jobs.
Alex Wilson
Alex Wilson
Alex Wilson has been a software developer at Unruly for approaching two years, during which time he has had the opportunity to experience and solve scaling issues with their software development methodologies. He takes particular delight in the application of both Continuous Delivery and Xtreme Programming practices to the "DevOps" process, made easier by Unruly's stance of emphasising the value of generalists over specialists.
Chris O'Dell
Chris O'Dell

Chris O'Dell is a Senior Developer at JUST EAT.  She has nearly ten years experience working on the back-ends of web based services, primarily in .Net, most recently focussing on Web APIs.

Chris has a keen interest in Test Driven Development, Continuous Delivery and Agile development practices. She lives in London and in her spare time has begun learning to play the Cello.

Niek Bartholomeus
Niek Bartholomeus

Niek Bartholomeus is a DevOps and Continuous Delivery evangelist who has implemented a Continuous Delivery pipeline during his most recent mission at ReQtest, a small agile company. Before that he was a technical architect at a large financial institution where he was responsible for bringing together the dev and ops teams, on a cultural as well as a tooling level. He currently works as a DevOps consultant for BMC. He has a background as a software architect and developer and is fascinated by finding the big picture out of the smaller pieces.

Sriram Narayanan
Sriram Narayanan

Continuous Delivery Consultant, Thoughtworks

I presently consult to customers on their Continuous Delivery and Agile Transformation needs. I bring to the table my knowledge regarding Infrastructure Automation, Agile Development practices and computer software technology, Software and Hardware Deployment, Enterprise Infrastructure, reducing time to market, and improving quality. I'm also working on Belenix (www.belenix.org), an Illumos based distro. Belenix used to be the foundation of the now-defunct OpenSolaris distro. My current interests are OpenStack, Release Engineering for the Belenix/Illumos platform, and DTrace
Phil Wills
Phil Wills
Phil is senior software architect at the Guardian. He has worked on just about every part of the Guardian’s site and the tools which support it; building features, optimising performance and increasing resilience. Over the past two years, he’s helped the Guardian achieve *much* more frequent delivery.
Anna Shipman
Anna Shipman
Anna Shipman is a senior developer at the Government Digital Service. She works on the infrastructure team that supports the GOV.UK website, doing development and web operations. Currently she is working on open source tooling to provision VMware vCloud Director environments: https://github.com/alphagov/vcloud-tools. She works mainly in Ruby and Puppet at the moment, though her past includes Python, Perl, Java and the JEE stack. She blogs at www.annashipman.co.uk, tweets at @annashipman and is always up for a game of pool.
Rachel Laycock
Rachel Laycock
Rachel Laycock works for ThoughtWorks as a Market Technical Principal with over 10 years of experience in systems development. She has worked on a wide range of technologies and the integration of many disparate systems. Since working at ThoughtWorks, Rachel has coached teams on Agile and Continuous Delivery technical practices and has played the role of coach, trainer, technical lead, architect, and developer. She is now a member of the Technical Advisory Board to the CTO, which regularly produces the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar. Rachel is fascinated by problem solving and has discovered that people problems are often more difficult to solve than software ones.
Jan-Joost Bouwman
Jan-Joost Bouwman

Process Owner Service Operations and Service Transition

Patrick Debois
Patrick Debois
Patrick Debois is a developer, manager, sysadmin, and tester. He first presented concepts on Agile Infrastructure at Agile 2008 in Toronto, and in 2009 he organized the first ‘DevOpsDays‘. Since then he has been promoting the notion of ‘devops’ to exchange ideas between these groups and show how they can help each other to achieve better results in business.
Benji Weber
Benji Weber
Benji Weber is a developer at Unruly - a marketing technology company, where he has been delivering working software to production almost every working day for the last few years. He has had the privilege of working with a variety of different technologies and teams - experiencing some of the different challenges and opportunities for continuous delivery in different team sizes and tech stacks. Benji has a particular interest in Extreme Programming practices, Continuous Delivery, and Domain Driven Design; along with a wide range of technology interests.
Marc Cluet
Marc Cluet

Systems Architect / Integrator / DevOps / Hacker

Marc Cluet is an Engineer currently managing Operations at a Startup. A Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, Database Administrator, Project Manager and Team Manager with 17 years of experience across the globe (Spain, Switzerland, UK, US, Canada), expert in Software lifecycle and applying DevOps Cultural methodologies to all levels of Engineering. Marc has founded and worked at several startups and also at prestigious companies like Canonical or Rackspace, he also has contributed to Puppet, mcollective, Juju, Ubuntu and has helped architect Ubuntu MAAS. He has also presented at some of the most prestigious conferences and evangelised about DevOps Culture and Systems methodologies.
Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith is a Software Consultant for ThoughtWorks Australia. She originally got into software development through the coincidence of mandatory C++ classes that formed part of her Music Technology degree. She equally accidentally became interested world of infrastructure and operations worked ‘cos you gotta get software out somehow! Grudgingly this has translated into actually enjoying learning more about infrastructure and understanding how to keep things running in production.

Rob Lambert
Rob Lambert

Rob Lambert is heading up Engagement and Enablement at a fast paced, forward thinking Tech company where he helps people perform at their best. He started work as a Software Tester, building a strong foundation as The Social Tester. He then became a Development Manager where he helped build an outstanding Software Development team with agility and learning at its core.

He writes many books, delivers award winning communications training, coaches technologists and blogs at Cultivated Managemen and Parent Brain.

Amy Phillips
Amy Phillips
Amy Phillips is Test Lead at Songkick, a start-up created to help you track your favourite bands so you never miss them live. She has spent the last 10 years testing in a variety of development environments for companies including Royal Mail, The Guardian, and Yahoo! After experiencing the value that a well-managed agile team can bring to software delivery Amy became passionate about adapting testing and quality techniques to work within a lean start-up environment. She strives to enable development teams to deliver quality, user-oriented products within the shortest possible time.
Lyndsay Prewer
Lyndsay Prewer

Lyndsay is an Agile Delivery Consultant. He’s passionate about helping people, teams and products become even more awesome. A former rocket-scientist, over the last two decades he’s helped ten companies in both hemispheres improve their solution delivery.

Martin Jackson
Martin Jackson

Freelance Linux and Virtualization Consultant

Freelance Linux and Virtualization Consultant, Devops advocate, Infrastructure as Code Hacker and keen Judoka. Specialties: • Making the impossible possible • Constantly seeking for ways to make things better • Accomplished Cat Herder • Master of Disaster • Honey Badger Whisper • Lemming Life Guard • Linux, GRID Computing and Virtualisation Expert • Agile Infrastructure and DevOps Advocate • Infrastructure as Code Hacker • Throwing people over my shoulder

Causes Supported

Code Club

https://www.codeclub.org.uk

A nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

We create projects for our volunteers to teach at after school coding clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. The projects we make teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Our volunteers go to their local club for an hour a week and teach one project a week. Each term the students will progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imaginations and making creative projects. Terms 1 & 2 use Scratch to teach the basics of programming. Term 3 teaches the basics of web development using HTML and CSS. Term 4 teaches Python and so on. We’d like to put a Code Club in every single primary school in the country. There are over 21,000 primary schools in the UK, it’s a big task but we think we can do it!

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