The success of weekly releases

Back in August 2013, the Redgate development team I work with decided that they will only release their product on Wednesdays. In fact, they decided they were going to release every Wednesday. We were keen to get away from the ‘opportunist’ release process we had fallen into, where we released whenever an opportunity arose. This had resulted in an irregular deployment cadence and had the side-effect that we were continually agonizing over whether ‘now’ was a good time to ship.... read more

Customer-Specific Database Deployments

A question that we often get asked is how to deploy specific variations of a database to different customers. Or how to deploy different static configuration data to each customer, and how to version control, test and deploy this per customer in an automated way. In the post below I'm going to run through an... read more

Release Wednesdays: Deliberate, Frequent Releases

This post was first published on the futureofdeployment.com blog. Future blog posts from the team on deployment and continuous delivery will appear on the Redgate blog in the DLM category. The team I work with release every Wednesday. Why? Well, we believe in releasing frequently to give our users valuable enhancements as quickly as possible... read more

Database CI and automated deployment with Jenkins: a Step by Step Tutorial

This post was first published on the futureofdeployment.com blog. Future blog posts from the team on deployment and continuous delivery will appear on the Redgate blog in the DLM category. First things first: at the original time of writing (October 2013) I was not a developer; I was a tech sales guy. I helped customers... read more

The 5 Big Benefits of Automated Deployment

This post was first published on the futureofdeployment.com blog. Future blog posts from the team on deployment and continuous delivery will appear on the Redgate blog in the DLM category. “Every software development team should have a fully automated deployment process.” That’s according to pretty much everyone I meet at conferences and events. It’s not... read more

5 Tips for Achieving Continuous Delivery

This post was first published on the futureofdeployment.com blog. Future blog posts from the team on deployment and continuous delivery will appear on the Redgate blog in the DLM category. If you’re struggling to set up a reliable, repeatable release process you’re not alone. The good news is that most of the problems you’ll... read more

Why we invested in 3T’s MongoChef

We recently announced that we’ve invested in 3T, makers of MongoChef, a GUI for MongoDB. A few weeks ago, our CEO Simon wrote about why we have a good feeling about 3T. But we know innovation made Redgate great, and it’s through innovation that we’ll stay great – so how do we balance in-house innovation... read more

We Create The Politics Ourselves

Originally published at http://theagilepirate.net/archives/1369 Back in June 2013 I was asked to facilitate a discussion exploring one of Red Gate’s company values – “No Politics“. This was the second in a series of open sessions that the company had initiated to preserve and highlight what they have valued for many years and to get to the bottom of... read more

Why we are sponsoring Talk UX

Earlier this year, I was asked by Georgie Bottomley if Redgate would be willing to sponsor Talk UX, a day-long UX conference in Manchester taking place this week. I first met Georgie in May, after we both gave a lightning talk at UX London. She was full of ideas and her energy was contagious. Given... read more

Not the only Business Analyst

I wrote in October about how I am the only Business Analyst working at Redgate. That’s still true, I didn’t just fail to notice a few more of us! But it turns out that BA skills are used in lots of other roles here too, so while I’m the only one with the ‘Business... read more