The Open Information Foundation is excited to announce that CITCON North America 2012 will take place in Portland, Oregon on September 21 & 22. CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, will almost certainly include a plethora of topics about the newest amalgamation term, Continuous Delivery. (Thanks to Jez Humble and Dave Farley for publishing their book and giving us a solid name for the evolving field!)
When we were at CITCON Singapore earlier this year we covered topics that varied from the classic, “What is CI?” to advanced techniques for testing. Some Singaporeans mentioned that the whole DevOps thing is just starting to take hold there. I am sure in no small part due to the efforts of the fine folks at the ThoughtWorks Singapore office.
In North America, though, the last few CITCON events have been focusing more on advanced Continuous Delivery topics. That does not mean that practitioners new to the field should shy away. On the contrary, they are the most important attendees in many ways. They challenge the thinking of old timers like myself. They make me re-rationalize things I take for granted, like the importance of the cup-of-coffee metric.
I enjoy witnessing the CI server evolution evident at CITCON’s North American edition. When I first approached Jeffrey about doing a 5 year birthday party for CruiseControl, I did not envision it evolving into the CITCON we have today. Thanks to Paul Hammant for helping to name the conference and pushing for a broader focus than just CruiseControl. As time passes, we see people using all the different CI platforms to accomplish Continuous Delivery. Surely, users will be present from the communities of Hudson, Jenkins, AntHill Pro (and maybe the newest addition, uDeploy), BuildForge, Bamboo, Go, ElectricCloud, CloudBees…not sure this list ever ends. Since I don’t have time to keep up with all of them, I learn boatloads about each just by listening to people tell me about their real world experiences.
I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the testers! Having emerged from the computer science/programmer/build lackey world, I find myself missing out on the hardcore testing advancements. I help my client’s quality assurance teams automate their world, based largely on the information I gain from being a part of CITCON. People like Lisa Crispin and Bret Pettichord have made their way to CITCON. Every year, I meet new innovators in the testing space.
Without testing, we would not be able to deliver continuously! And that’s where CITCON’s true power comes into play. We have the opportunity to bring together both these worlds in one room, for at least a day and a half. Many testers, sadly, do not get to spend anywhere near that kind of face time with the developers with whom they work. I love seeing that spark in a tester’s eye when they put together a plan in their head for how to help their teams back at the office.
I could go on and on, but it boils down to this. If you are a software professional that cares about delivering software repeatedly with ease and joy, then you belong at CITCON! Register now: http://www.citconf.com/portland2012/register.php