Friday, September 28, 2012

Build & Release Challenges : Problems

So here is the consolidated list of the problems that current system have, I've categorized all the issues in different categories so that they can be managed properly

  • CI Builds
    • Code stability builds are not in place
    • Code quality builds are not in place
    • Code deployment builds for non-prod environments not in place
    • A lot of manual steps in prod deployments
    • All the projects are performance critical so builds to do profiling of projects
  • Database updates is manual at all the stages of deployment
  • Automated smoke testing of all the applications
  • Integration of bug tracking system with version control system
  • A release server needs to be set-upped so that release can be managed properly
  • No documentation at all :)
  • Version Control System : We are using git as version control system
    • Branching strategy has some flaws as a result of which merging takes a lot of time
    • We don't have a GUI to manage git server
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I was planning to write this blog 2-3 days back in fact not a blog but a blog series & this blog will be the starting of this blog series. This blog will only give you an overview what I'll be discussing in the coming blogs, first the reason why I'm writing this blog :) well the reason is I've changed the job :) and I'll be working as a Build & Release manager. The challenge that I've have is that right now their is very little or no streamlined processes defined for build and release and obvious very less automation so I've to work on these things. This means that in the coming blogs I'll be discussing various problems that I'll be facing & how to overcome that.

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