Learning from Pain

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Pain is something we generally try to avoid; pain is unpleasant, but it also serves an important purpose. Acute pain can be feedback that we need to avoid doing something harmful to our body, or protect something while it heals. Pain helps us remember the cause of injuries and adapt our behaviour to avoid a… Read more »

The unsung upsides of staying put

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This week will be my last at Unruly; I’ll be moving on just shy of nine years from when I joined a very different company at the start of an enthralling journey. Unruly’s grown from around a dozen people when I joined to hundreds, with the tech team growing proportionally. Team growth driven by needs… Read more »

Modern Extreme Programming

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There was a recent discussion on the Extreme Programming mailing list kicked off by Ron Jeffries saying he wants his XP back. The implication being that Extreme Programming is no longer practised, and that most “Agile” organisations are actually practising Flaccid Scrum – some agile process but little of the technical practices from Extreme Programming…. Read more »

Minimising the Risk of Data Damage

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One of the more interesting questions that came up at Pipeline Conference was: “How can we mitigate the risk of releasing a change that damages our data?” When we have a database holding data that may be updated and deleted, as well as inserted/queried, then there’s a risk of releasing a change that causes the… Read more »

Isolating Test-Data in Production

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Alex and I recently gave a talk at Pipeline Conference about our approach of testing in production. With our limited time we focused on things we check in production. Running our acceptance/integration tests, performance tests, and data fuzzing against our production systems. We also prefer doing user acceptance testing and exploratory testing in production. In… Read more »

Monitoring Check Smells

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I have become increasingly convinced that there is little difference between monitoring and testing. Often we can run our automated tests against a production system with only a little effort. We are used to listening to our automated tests for feedback about our software in the form of test-smells. If our tests are complicated, it’s… Read more »

Continuous Deployment and the Unforeseeable

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Can you afford not to do continuous deployment? Continuous deployment is the practice of regularly (more than daily) deploying updated software to production. Arguments in favour continuous deployment often focus on how it enables us to continually, regularly, and rapidly deliver value to the business, allowing us to move fast. It’s also often discussed how… Read more »

Thoughts from #pipelineconf

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This week I attended #pipelineconf, a new one-day continuous delivery conference in London. I did a talk with Alex on how we do continuous delivery at Unruly, which seemed well received. The slides are online here There were great discussions in the open space sessions, and ad-hoc in the hallways. Here’s a few points that… Read more »