Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What is the future of Build and Release Engineer? Part-2

To continue from my part 1, next answer is given by Stephan Schwab. He is International Software Technology and Agile Development Consultant. Thanks much for such a realistic views on Build/Release Engineering. I personally don't agree with Stephen's views but as a free blogger, it is my responsibilities to present facts as it is.

He says- I'm creating software since 1981 and have never felt any need for a dedicated build/release engineer. Regardless of the language used.

Don't confuse build/release with deployment/operations. For the latter you certainly want to have a dedicated team to fulfill these functions.

In agile development you should have an automated build that never - under no circumstances - takes more than 10 minutes to finish and doesn't depend on any infrastructure. So "building" is just a matter of checking out the code from the repository on a virgin machine and then you start the build. If you have to setup the environment, install a database or whatever else, then you are asking for trouble. Don't do this.

I've seen build/release engineers at clients who were just acting as a roadblock to developers. These guys usually make things complicated just to protect their job. That's not in the interest of the development team neither of the company they work for.

A good build is simple, requires no maintenance and everybody on the team is responsible to execute it multiple times a day to run all the tests before submitting new code. And developers should not sit on code either but integrate frequently and early.


entertainmenttflix said...

im proud to be a build and release engineer... stephen is worried that he may lose responsibilities because of us ;) lol

john wright said...

Very much useful article. Kindly keep blogging

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