What Ants Can Teach Us About Continuous Delivery

Patricia Johnson

This edition of Software Confidential is by Patricia Johnson, a Director of Product Marketing for Continuous Delivery Solutions at CA. She helps companies through DevOps transformation by sharing the power of automating, orchestrating and analyzing in a DevOps world.

Specialize but Collaborate Seamlessly.

A software factory, like an ant colony, runs on specialization and collaboration. But it’s worth noting that each individual ant exercises a good degree of autonomy while keeping in close touch with other ants. To achieve this combination of autonomy and communication, a software factory must eliminate silos to create a seamless team including developers, QA, release managers, operations and more.

Put Your Heads Together to Make Smarter Decisions.

When you combine the many tiny brains of an ant colony, you get a smart superorganism. A software factory must adopt a model of distributed intelligence so the whole team sees the big picture. Data derived from a connected toolchain can enable real-time, smarter actions. It enables you to look beyond one release and see how your entire pipeline is operating. Combining the knowledge from all areas of the end-to-end application lifecycle enables faster, more frequent releases and better customer experiences.

Be Adaptive, Stay Dynamic.

Because ants are so in tune with each other, their ability to adapt to their world is outstanding. The resources (human and otherwise) powering a software factory must constantly evolve as new challenges and solutions to those challenges emerge. Therefore, these resources must be as adaptive as ants. This requires better planning, complete visibility, instant communications and advanced analytics.

By Patricia Johnson | 16 Mar 2018

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