Please, Release me!

  • Tech
  • Length: 45 Min
  • Language: EN

A song sung by every engineer who wants to deploy to production…

I hold a vision of having every single commit being release-ready for production. This is what every team should strive for and put processes in place which enable it. But visions are meant to be contested.

I recently took on the responsibility of release management of a very tricky and major project. There was no infrastructure and no guidelines on how to do this. In this talk, I will tell you why I volunteered for this role; what inspired me; the principles that guided me, and what process I put in place. There will be mention of system tests and how they enabled the group to gain confidence about their releases. I will also talk about the team dynamics which informed the initial difficulty and eventual success for release management.

Maryam Umar

Head of Quality @ Thought Machine

I work in London as Head of QA of a Fintech firm. I started my career thirteen years ago as a QA test engineer in the finance and mobile industry. After transitioning to the eCommerce sector, I performed QA in various capacities for online restaurant and travel services. I continue to work in QA as a manager now with special focus on sustainable delivery practices. In addition to this, I have been a keen advocate of creating and sustaining diverse teams. As I have transitioned in my career, I have found that creating teams which work well together is more challenging than the actual project(s) to be delivered by the team. I pay special attention to team dynamics and ensuring engineers are in roles which give them a sense of purpose. I have also been speaking at schools and universities to educate students about what the industry has to offer and what a creative space the technology sector can be.

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