Continuous Delivery for leaders

 

Overview

Continuous Delivery is a method of delivering changes to software systems fast, at reduced risk and cost.  These benefits are not easy to realise, arising from considered changes across a number of areas including architecture, technical approach, ways of working and organisational structure.  This course is and aimed at leaders and influencers who want to understand and evaluate Continuous Delivery, in order to bring its benefits to their organisation.

 

Outline

High performing teams and organisations are finding great success with Continuous delivery.  They have the ability to deliver changes, from patches to features, into production systems rapidly and safely.  This enables them to react to user feedback and their market rapidly.  Their teams frequently report improved quality and that they are more engaged in their work.

 

The approach centres on frequent incremental modifications to production systems, necessitating an efficient flow of work within and across teams.  Benefits are seen from a reduction in waste, rework and coordination effort, all often associated with traditional release cycles.  

 

There is no one formula for Continuous Delivery, every team and organisation will encounter their own unique challenges.  This course provides a solid foundation, tools and techniques to avoid pitfalls and prepare for those challenges:

 

The key topics are:
  • The case for Continuous Delivery - Its benefits and implications.

  • Guiding principles - The principles that drive successful Continuous Delivery.

  • The building blocks - The components of a Continuous Delivery team.

  • Leading - How to work with teams in a Continuous Delivery environment.

  • Bringing change - How to introduce and develop your Continuous Delivery capability.

 

Intended Audience

This course is aimed at leaders across domains; technical, managerial or project and product.  No prior technical knowledge is required.
 

The course is taught in English, the flexible syllabus and experienced trainer allow customisation to focus firmly on attendee’s needs.  This is particularly beneficial for in-house training, or where all the attendees are from the same company, allowing a strong focus on shared challenges.

 

Key Topics

The following topics will be introduced and explored.  Topic duration varies according to importance and audience interest.  Time is scheduled for discussion of the audience’s challenges and questions.

 

The Case For Continuous Delivery

In this section we learn why Continuous Delivery is gaining so much attention, look at what organisations are doing now, and consider the outcomes of creating a Continuous Delivery capability.

  • What does successful continuous delivery look like?

  • Where does it fit?

  • What are the impacts on an organisation?

  • What are the impacts on employees?
     

Guiding principles of CD

Organisations achieve Continuous Delivery in different ways, depending on their people, product and market. Here we look at common principles that drive the creation of an effective Continuous Delivery capability.

  • Rapid iterations

  • Flow of work and collaboration

  • Learning and Continuous Improvement

  • Release ready

  • Built in quality

 

The building blocks of CD

In this section we introduce specific methods to implement the Continuous Delivery principles.

  • Learning methods - Continuous Improvement, Agile

  • Organisation Structure - Collaboration, DevOps

  • The deployment pipeline

  • Automation

  • Quality & Testing

  • Measuring progress

 

Leading

A Continuous Delivery environment emphasises different leadership skills and styles to a conventional environment.  This section looks at how to get the best from teams in this environment  

  • Leadership styles

  • Project, plan and progress

  • Culture

  • Cross team working

  • Governance

 

Bringing change:

Continuous Delivery requires new ways of working, sometimes in teams other than your own. The section looks at how to encourage change and gain support for the initiative.

  • How people react to change

  • How fast can we change?

  • Encouraging contribution

  • Keeping momentum

 

If you’d like to learn more about this course, just get in touch.

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