The story below details a very interesting & transformational project that I was a part of in 2014 and 2015, at a Dutch company. I’ve told this story before during a number of conference talks (slides and videos are available, if you’re interested), and I’ve now finally come around to writing it up as a series of blog posts!
The 2017 version of Puppet’s State of DevOps Report was just released.
To me, the most interesting takeaways from the report are:
- High performing teams have 46x more frequent deploys, 96x faster mean time to recover/repair and a 5x lower change failure rate.
- They also automate significantly more work (automation is a key ingredient of any successful DevOps strategy).
- A lower change failure rate and significant automation mean these teams spend 44% more time on new work (and 26% less time on unplanned work and rework).
- Developers in high performing teams generally work in small batches and practice Trunk Based Development. Low performing teams on the other hand use long-lived feature branches and merge infrequently to trunk or master (read on for my thoughts about feature branches).
In this post I’ll discuss my experiences with the strangler pattern and how it can be applied when rewriting a large, legacy code base.