Insane Continuous Integration Video

We like to think we’re pretty good at continuous integration, and we were feeling rather proud after being able to give some advice to others at CITCON. Hey, we’re doing pretty well on that there CI Maturity Model, eh?

Andy Parker brought us back down with a bump by reminding us that companies who are really slick will never even bother to go to conferences or boast about their amazing skillz in blog posts. The reason is simple: there’s nothing they can learn from anyone else any more, so why bother? The classic example is Google, who apparently know more than anyone else on the planet about running giant server farms, and hardly ever tell anyone how they do it.

So it’s great to get an opportunity to peek under the hood of one company that does certifiably insane continuous integration, IMVU. Check out this hour-long video in which they describe releasing to production 50 times a day with automated rollback when any business metric drops and Stop the Line for every failure. Hmmm, guess we have some more to do – time to go fix that intermittent Javascript hang and find a blade server that comes with four hard drives.

2 thoughts on “Insane Continuous Integration Video”

  1. Not sure I agree with Andrew’s aphorism. The best do come to conferences. That’s how they became the best in the first place (in the sense that they are passionate by their job and by talking about it), and how they remain good.
    If nothing else, they need to maintain a professional network.

    And some of those best did come to CITCON. I believe that the stars / common people ratio was reasonably high, compared to other conferences.
    If you remember, 2 people from Google came to CITCON Brussels 2 years ago. My understanding is that they are not traveling as much anymore mostly for budget reasons, not because they lost interest.

    However, I’d agree that “the best” do not come to the same conferences as the common people (except as speakers, I suppose). The Agile Confs and XP Days probably do not have enough content. The various OpenSpaces, AYE, and eXtreme Coders’ Evenings certainly appeal more to them.

  2. The Google folks were recruiters only and couldn’t (or didn’t) have much to contribute on continuous integration. I didn’t meet anyone at the last few CITCONs who fits in the super-insane column of the maturity matrix (I sure would have liked to).

    I’ll ask on the CITCON list to see if perhaps these super-CI folks are coming to non-Europe events (e.g. have IMVU ever attended CITCON North America?)

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