Sriram Narayanan is a Problem Solver, Troubleshooter, Technology Enthusiast, Musician. He helps organisations on their Agile Transformation journeys. He loves Release Engineering and Infrastructure Automation. When not working on reviving Belenix (www.belenix.org), an Illumos based distro, Sriram is busy learning new things like swimming and dancing, or on the air as AG6WQ.
Q: How did you get involved in Continuous Delivery?
A: I started off as a developer, and then spent a few years in Infrastructure. I’ve learned the hard way that I should have invested time in automating various project environments. I learned quite a few lessons and had some great experiences with learning and implement various process and automation improvements. Today, I consult to customers on their CD journey.
Q: What do you see as the biggest advantage of Continuous Delivery?
A: The ability to apply fixes and add features boldly without the constraints on environments, deployment times, long test times, or worries that additions or changes to the code would introduce new defects or re-introduce bugs.
Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge in Continuous Delivery?
A: Lack of executive buy in backed by strong action can be the biggest challenge. You may have the best of technology, developers, intent and automation, showcase all manner of ideas for improvement. But if there isn’t executive level buy in backed by concrete action, then the status quo will not change and any initiative can fall flat on its face.