In this lesson, we learned about the problems which can occur when using manual deployment processes with large team projects. Although manual processes may be fine for small projects, customers in the modern age require teams to move quickly and reliably.
The CI/CD pipeline provides this consistent and agile solution. It automates every part of the deployment process using:
- Continuous Integration –> Merging small changes and triggering builds and tests
- Continuous Delivery –> Preparing the application for deployment using intermediate environments and more tests
- Continuous Deployment –> Moving the application to production with final tests
Thanks to the practice of Continuous Testing, tests are automatically executed in every part of the CI/CD pipeline. Due to the high frequency of tests, we can “shift left” and catch bugs early on.
The entire CI/CD pipeline is the direct implementation of DevOps culture concepts. Each part of DevOps culture (systems-level thinking, continuous learning and experimentation, feedback loops) is put into practice by CI/CD. When we put it all together, implementing a CI/CD pipeline reduces human error, speeds up project development, and improves quality.
The next time manual processes are getting tiresome, or problems in your deployment process start occurring, consider using a CI/CD pipeline!