Continuous Delivery For Practitioners

This 2 day training course is an introduction for practitioners to Continuous Delivery – a delivery method that advocates the creation of an automated Deployment Pipeline to release software rapidly and reliably into production.

  • Course Audience: 5-15 Practitioners
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Location: On-site
  • Facilitator: Steve Smith


The goal of Continuous Delivery is to adopt a holistic end-to-end delivery perspective and optimise cycle time – the average time from code checkin to production release – so that costs are lowered, risks are minimised, and revenues are increased via faster customer feedback.

This training course will explain the principles of Continuous Delivery, how to automate a Deployment Pipeline including zero-downtime production releases, and how combining Continuous Delivery with DevOps can deliver success in both startup and enterprise organisations.


In this course, you will learn:

  • What Continuous Delivery is, and why it has such a compelling business case
  • How the Deployment Pipeline pattern enables a reliable, repeatable automated release mechanism
  • How to weave together different technologies to form an automated pipeline
  • How development practices can enable the evolutionary design of an always releasable codebase
  • How automated acceptance testing, smoke testing, and operational testing reduce risk and empower testers
  • How incremental releases and database updates enable zero-downtime production releases
  • Why Continuous Delivery needs organisational change, and how DevOps can help
You only need a laptop if you wish to take electronic notes – course and exercise materials are supplied.


This training course comprises 2 days of in-depth discussions and group exercises aimed at developers, technical leaders, architects, operations engineers, testers, performance engineers, etc.

Day 1

  1. What is Continuous Delivery
    • Discussion: Your Release Process
    • The Last Mile Problem
    • What Is Continuous Delivery
    • Continuous Delivery Principles
  2. The Deployment Pipeline
    • The Deployment Pipeline
    • Deployment Pipeline Practices
    • Work In Small Batches
    • Exercise: Isabel’s Issued Invites [Lean Envelopes]
  3. Building A Pipeline
    • Deployment Pipeline Toolchain
    • Automated Configuration
    • Automated Infrastructure
    • Deployment Pipeline Patterns
  4. Developing For The Pipeline
    • Trunk Based Development
    • Incremental Design Practices
    • Effective Architecture
    • Discussion: Your Pipeline

Day 2

  1. Testing In The Pipeline
    • Discussion: Your Testing
    • Continuous Testing
    • Automated Testing Patterns
    • Testing External Systems
  2. Operations In The Pipeline:
    • Release And Remediation Plan
    • Incremental Release Patterns
    • Databases And Data
    • Business Monitoring
  3. Organisational Change
    • Exercise: Percy’s Paper Planes [Lean Aeroplanes]
    • The Need For Change
    • How To Drive Change
    • Discussion: Your Organisation
  4. Adopting Continuous Delivery


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