Chapter 2. Agile Enablers

Much of this book is written to help security catch up in an Agile world. We have worked in organizations that are successfully delivering with Agile methodologies, but we also work with companies that are still getting to grips with Agile and DevOps.

Many of the security practices in this book will work regardless of whether or not you are doing Agile development, and no matter how effectively your organization has embraced Agile. However, there are some important precursor behaviors and practices which enable teams to get maximum value from Agile development, as well as from the security techniques that we outline in this book.

All these enabling techniques, tools, and patterns are common in high-functioning, Agile organizations. In this chapter, we will give an overview of each technique and how it builds on the others to enhance Agile development and delivery. You’ll find more information on these subjects further on in the book.

Build Pipeline

The first, and probably the most important of these enabling techniques from a development perspective, is the concept of a build pipeline. A build pipeline is an automated, reliable, and repeatable way of producing consistent deployable artifacts.

The key feature of a build pipeline is that whenever the source code is changed, it is possible to initiate a build process that is reliably and repeatably consistent.

Some companies invest in repeatable builds to the point where the same build on different machines ...

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