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3 Lessons from Continuous Deployment Experts on Implementing CD

Making the jump to continuous deployment this year? Companies with established products and customers often have a rough time implementing CI and CD processes successfully. To help make the transition a little easier, we asked companies who have gotten to continuous deployment successfully to give us their best advice on getting to CD. Here are some of the biggest lessons we learned from the CD experts.

“Empowering anyone to push, anytime, makes the team stronger.” - Brien Colwell, Headspin.io
Getting to CD successfully requires building a culture of collaboration and empowerment. CD requires teams to move very quickly, and it is important to ensure that communication lines stay open and honest is important. 83% of SaaS companies report that using a collaboration platform played a critical role in achieving a high CD adoption rate.

For larger teams, bureaucratic red tape and highly hierarchical processes can create bottlenecks and artificial barriers to deploying code regularly. In order to truly get to CD, organizations need to focus on creating and maintaining an environment that empowers individual team members to push code and keep development moving forward.

“There is no one size fits all when it comes to development methodologies.” - Amos Elliston, Flexport
Unfortunately, figuring out the development flow that will work perfectly for your organization isn’t usually as easy as copying someone else’s workflow and toolbox part for part. Tools and processes change continuously, and what works well for one organization might be a poor fit for another. Finding the tools and processes that will work best for your team and will speed up your development cycle can take some work.

Be open to trying new methods and tools, especially at first. Be sure to involve the team in the decision making process as you hone your development techniques and tools to fit their strengths and needs. While it may take a little while to sort out your workflow, you’ll reap productivity rewards in the long run.

“‘Move fast and break things’ doesn’t really work.” - Jonathan Friedman, GetScale
For both B2B and B2C markets, having high-quality, consistent products is more crucial than ever. That infamous startup mantra of “move fast and break things” is an ineffective approach for implementing CD. This is especially true for companies with significant user bases, for whom breaking code and and interrupting service can have a negative impact on their customers.

Faster development cycles require a new approach to testing that integrates QA into the dev cycle earlier and earlier. Organizations that have implemented CD successfully generally take a proactive approach to QA testing. They start testing early in the development cycle and test continuously to ensure that bugs don’t cause bottlenecks and the delivery pipeline flows smoothly.

Download the “Getting to Continuous Deployment” eBook

Want to hear more about what the experts have to say about getting to CD? Check out our eBook, Getting to Continuous Deployment, for more great advice on getting to continuous deployment, from selecting the right tools to implementing manual tests more efficiently.