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Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Steve Smith, Agile consultant and Continuous Delivery specialist at Always Agile Consulting Ltd. Most recently, Steve was featured in DZone's 2014 Guide to Continuous Delivery, and some of his recent DZone posts include:

 1. What have you been working on lately?

I've been very busy! On the admin front, I've recently left my job to start up my own one-man Agile and Continuous Delivery consultancy www.alwaysagileconsulting.com. On the Continuous Delivery front, I've been thinking a lot about testing practices - I've come to the conclusion that Release Testing is merely Risk Management Theatre and am writing a series of articles on that subject at http://www.alwaysagileconsulting.com/blog.

2. You've written a lot about Continuous Delivery. Is there anything people keep getting wrong about it? Anything people don't realize they don't know?

It's easy to focus upon the automation aspect of Continuous Delivery at the expense of technical excellence and organisational change. Yes, you need an automated pipeline for your Repeatable Reliable Process - but automation alone cannot improve product quality or eliminate the delays in your release process. You need XP-style technical practices to build quality into your product, and you need organisational change (e.g. moving testers into development teams) to eliminate the handover waste between teams.

3. Are there any particular developer tools or resources you couldn't live without?


4. Do you have a favorite open source project (or projects) that you've contributed to recently?

I'm a sporadic contributor to the functional library TotallyLazy (https://code.google.com/p/totallylazy), and the acceptance testing tool Yatspec (https://code.google.com/p/yatspec).

5. Do you follow any blogs or Twitter feeds that you would recommend to developers?

Allan Kelly, Chris Matts, Dan North, Dave Farley, Don Reinertsen, Gojko Adzic, JB Rainsberger, Jez Humble, Jon Allspaw, Matthew Skelton, Patrick Debois, Ron Jeffries, et al. You can't read too much.

6. Did you have a coding first love -- a particular program, gadget, game, or language that set you on the path to life as a developer?


7. Is there anything else you'd like to mention?

Ever noticed that the successful technology companies of the moment - Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Netflix, etc. - have all successfully adopted Continuous Delivery?

Thanks, Steve!

Be sure to check out Steve's blog and Twitter, as well as his work in the 2014 Guide to Continuous Delivery!

2014 Guide to Continuous Delivery

DZone's 2014 Guide to Continuous Delivery covers 38 continuous delivery solutions in one free guide, as well as:

  • An Introduction to Continuous Delivery
  • The Continuous Delivery Toolchain
  • Infrastructure as Code
  • Continuous Delivery Pitfalls


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