Sam Newman's site, a Consultant at ThoughtWorks

A week from today, Jez Humble and I will be joint presenting a 1 day Continuous Delivery tutorial at one of my favourite conferences, Goto: Aarhus. I’m also fortunate enough to have been asked to present my Designing For Rapid Release talk on Mike Nyygard’s track on Tuesday.

Goto: Aarhus is an excellent conference, and tickets may still be available if you can make it. If you do, make sure you use the code newm1000 so you can save DKK 1.000 (approx £115 / €135 / $180). I hope to see you there!

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For over a year now I have been running day-long training sessions on AWS with ThoughtWorks. I have helped rollout this training globally, giving sessions in both Australia and the USA. The course covers the main building blocks of the AWS offering, including:

  • EC2
  • EBS
  • S3

A mix of theory and hands-on sections, it is ideal for anyone interested in getting started with AWS. Attendees need only a basic knowledge of a command-line, although any *NIX experience is a bonus.

I have presented this course multiple times for public and private classes. We are currently offering this course in several locations – if you are interested in this course for a private occasion or conference then please contact me.

This talk focuses on the drivers behind, and the main advantages of Continuous Delivery. Focused at a higher level than some of my other talks, it should appeal to both a technical and business audience.

You can view a video of the presentation I gave at one of the ThoughtWorks QTB events in 2011.

I was out shooting today, putting the x-pro through its paces. No real purpose – meandering around the Portobello Road, shooting stall keepers and tourists alike. I turn for home, walking alongside the westway, when a cyclist zips past. I see him, heading towards me, bring the camera up, track him and *click*. Enough time for one shot, and it’s perfect. He is captured on the top right, pin sharp, looking straight into the lens. The background is beautifully blurred. Perfect shot.

I walk on, and get a tap on my shoulder. I turn around to see the cyclist.

“Can you delete that, please?”.

And I do.

Walking back, I think idly “I could probably recover that…”. Legally, I’ve done nothing wrong. And it is a great shot – one of the best I think I’ve taken. But I sigh, and know I won’t. At least this is one shot I can’t claim to have lost due to the Fuji x-pro’s AF.

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I’ll be running my new talk “Designing For Rapid Release” at a couple of conferences in the first half of this year. First up is the delightfully named Crash & Burn in Stockholm, on the 2nd of March. Then later in May I’ll be at Poznan in Poland for GeeCon 2012.

This talk focuses on the kinds of constraints we should consider when evolving their architecture of our systems in order to enable rapid, frequent release. So much of the conversation about Continuous Delivery focuses on the design of build pipelines, or the nuts and bolts of CI and infrastructure automation. But often the biggest constraint in being able to incrementally roll out new features are the problems in the design of the system itself. I’ll be pulling together a series of patterns that will help you identify what to look for in your own systems when moving towards Continuous Delivery.

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