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Continuous Delivery Practices in a Large Financial Organization


Vassallo, Carmine; Zampetti, Fiorella; Romano, Daniele; Beller, Moritz; Panichella, Annibale; Penta, Massimiliano Di; Zaidman, Andy (2016). Continuous Delivery Practices in a Large Financial Organization. In: 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME), Raleigh, NC, USA, 2 October 2016 - 7 October 2016, 519-528.

Abstract

Continuous Delivery is an agile software development practice in which developers frequently integrate changes into the main development line and produce releases of their software. An automated Continuous Integration infrastructure builds and tests these changes. Claimed advantages of CD include early discovery of (integration) errors, reduced cycle time, and better adoption of coding standards and guidelines. This paper reports on a study in which we surveyed 152 developers of a large financial organization (ING Nederland), and investigated how they adopt a Continuous Integration and delivery pipeline during their development activities. In our study, we focus on topics related to managing technical debt, as well as test automation practices. The survey results shed light on the adoption of some agile methods in practice, and sometimes confirm, while in other cases, confute common wisdom and results obtained in other studies. For example, we found that refactoring tends to be performed together with other development activities, technical debt is almost always "self-admitted", developers timely document source code, and assure the quality of their product through extensive automated testing, with a third of respondents dedicating more than 50% of their time to do testing activities.

Abstract

Continuous Delivery is an agile software development practice in which developers frequently integrate changes into the main development line and produce releases of their software. An automated Continuous Integration infrastructure builds and tests these changes. Claimed advantages of CD include early discovery of (integration) errors, reduced cycle time, and better adoption of coding standards and guidelines. This paper reports on a study in which we surveyed 152 developers of a large financial organization (ING Nederland), and investigated how they adopt a Continuous Integration and delivery pipeline during their development activities. In our study, we focus on topics related to managing technical debt, as well as test automation practices. The survey results shed light on the adoption of some agile methods in practice, and sometimes confirm, while in other cases, confute common wisdom and results obtained in other studies. For example, we found that refactoring tends to be performed together with other development activities, technical debt is almost always "self-admitted", developers timely document source code, and assure the quality of their product through extensive automated testing, with a third of respondents dedicating more than 50% of their time to do testing activities.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:7 October 2016
Deposited On:26 Jan 2018 14:14
Last Modified:30 Jul 2018 06:24
Publisher:IEEE
ISBN:978-1-5090-3806-0
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSME.2016.72
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:15808

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