Amy Phillips is Test Lead at Songkick, a start-up created to help you track your favourite bands so you never miss them live. She has spent the last 10 years testing in a variety of development environments for companies including Royal Mail, The Guardian, and Yahoo! After experiencing the value that a well-managed agile team can bring to software delivery Amy became passionate about adapting testing and quality techniques to work within a lean start-up environment. She strives to enable development teams to deliver quality, user-oriented products within the shortest possible time.
- How did you get involved in Continuous Delivery?
Continuous Delivery was one of the options we considered to unblock the Songkick release pipeline. After talking to other companies who were successfully using Continuous Delivery, and Continuous Deployment, we decided it might be the right option for us.
What do you see as the biggest advantage of Continuous Delivery?
Being able to release features and bug fixes to the user as soon as they are ready. Moving to Continuous Delivery means we have a release pipeline that aids the team rather than controls it.
What do you see as the biggest challenge in Continuous Delivery?
Creating and maintaining the culture needed to prevent low quality releases. Everyone involved in the delivery needs to understand what you are trying to achieve and needs to allow time for code (and test) design and maintenance.