Gartner Research

Exploit Continuous Delivery Patterns for Successful Release Management

Published: 03 September 2013

ID: G00251863

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick


Manual release processes expose organizations to uncomfortable levels of risk. By using continuous delivery practice to deploy smaller bits of functionality more often, teams lessen the overall risk of their releases. This document assesses the DevOps continuous delivery pattern language.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Release Management Goals
    • Provide Effective Functionality More Quickly
    • High-Quality, Low-Defect Releases
    • Risk Mitigation
    • Continuous Process Improvement
    • Release Management Transparency
  • Continuous Delivery Practices: The Resources for Your Tool Belt
    • Development Practices
    • Platform Configuration Automation
    • Orchestration
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Begin to Iteratively Automate Your Release Management Processes
  • Allow Experts to Mentor Your Team
  • Exploit Agile Practices to Generate Feedback
  • Keep the Mainline Production-Ready
  • Consider Live Production Deployment Strategies

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