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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Preface

You’ve worked hard on the project for more than a year. Finally, it looks like all the features are actually complete, and most even have unit tests. You can breathe a sigh of relief. You’re done.

Or are you?

Does “feature complete” mean “production ready”? Is your system really ready to be deployed? Can it be run by operations staff and face the hordes of real-world users without you? Are you starting to get that sinking feeling that you’ll be faced with late-night emergency phone calls or pager beeps? It turns out there’s a lot more to development than just getting all the features in.

Too often, project teams aim to pass QA’s tests, instead of aiming for life in Production (with a capital P). That is, the bulk of your work probably ...

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