Marco Abis volunteered to help find a great venue in Turin. The entire organizing committee and I are excited to bring CITCON to Italy for the European leg of the conference this year.
CITCON Turin will round out the 8th year of CITCON’s around the world as the 21st instance of the conference. A lot has changed in 8 years. A few highlights come to mind:
- Fewer discussions about “What is CI”
- More discussion about “What is CD”
- More discussion about DevOps
- More in-depth Automated Testing discussion
I can remember as far back as 2002, colleagues at ThoughtWorks were discussing how to take CruiseControl and Continuous Integration to the next level. They had already played out the limits of traditional CI. They were looking for ways to take the same principles all the way down the pipe to production. The concept had a few names over the years – CI ++, Enterprise Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment. Personally, I am grateful to Jez Humble and Dave Farley for getting their book published! Finally we have a name for it – Continuous Delivery.
I think Patrick Debois coined the term when he created DevOps Days after attending CITCON Brussels. A name can say a lot, as we see with Continuous Delivery. People are still trying to figure it all out, as indicated by Jez’s post on the oxymoronic phrase “A DevOps Team”. CITCON provides us professionals with another venue to hash it all out.
Testers (QA Engineers, etc) are stepping up in droves to integrate their work into CD pipelines. They are pushing the boundaries of platforms like Selenium using services like SauceLabs. They are expanding their natural language approach to testing with Cucumber, etc. Coming from my developer background, I’m excited to see the practice securely taking hold in the testing arena. That’s one of the main reasons for the “T” in CITCON. We felt that CI wasn’t enough. We need the testers to unify around a common vision of keep the code working. We mean truly working, not just compiling!
So, join us in Turin for CITCON Number 21. Help us keep moving the boundaries of professional software delivery! See you there!