July 11, 2016
Matt Callanan and Alexandra Spillane
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IEEE Software Publishes Wotif’s DevOps Journey

By Matt Callanan and Alexandra Spillane in Devops on July 11, 2016 |

Alexandra Spillane and I recently wrote up Wotif’s DevOps journey for IEEE Software Magazine’s special “Software Engineering for DevOps” May/June 2016 edition.

The article, entitled “Devops: Making it Easy To Do The Right Thing”, outlines how standardizing Wotif’s deployment mechanism and building a platform centered around the DevOps ideals of collaboration and fast feedback broke us out of a downward spiral of ever worsening release problems.

Here’s a snippet:

In 2013 and 2014, Wotif overhauled its software release processes, reducing the average release time from weeks to hours. A DevOps and continuous delivery (CD) transformation enabled this overhaul. Beyond the mechanics of building CD pipelines, this article focuses on the technical and cultural issues Wotif faced and how it overcame them. In particular, Wotif faced the dilemma that many engineering departments face: teams want to collaborate on infrastructure, test, and deployment automation but can’t find a way to do so. To deal with this dilemma, Wotif embraced the idea of “making it easy to do the right thing.”

A chart showing the cycle time and number of releases increasing over time.

Cycle time and number of releases graph

The entire article is viewable on qmags and the published version is available on ieeexplore. [Citation: Matt Callanan, Alexandra Spillane, “DevOps: Making It Easy to Do the Right Thing”, IEEE Software, vol.33, no. 3, pp. 53-59, May-June 2016, doi:10.1109/MS.2016.66]

For further information, see also the “DevOps @ Wotif: Making Easy = Right” presentation we’ve given at a few conferences: video and slides.