Deployment Cycles and Best Practices

Fletcher Thomas
Jul 1, 2022 10:53:07 AM

Any developer can tell you that if you're not careful, maintaining development and testing environments can quickly become a huge pain point.  Small changes may be made/new content created in production, but these changes are not synced back to lower environments, and as a result, bugs are missed when developing and testing major changes.  It is important to streamline your deployment cycle to avoid these cases.  Here are a few principles to keep in mind when doing so:

  1. Automate wherever possible: production will always have more data than the lower environments, but dev and test need to have enough content such that new features are sufficiently validated.  Use the tools of your platform to automate copying particular subsets of content and even configurations from production down to dev/test.  For configurations, this adds confidence that deploys up to production will not inadvertently overwrite features.
  2. Define types of changes: ideally, every new feature is thoroughly tested before going to production, but there are only so many hours in the day.  If something trivial is changing, like the label for a field, then it may make more sense to perform the change directly in production.  Ensure that the difference between minor and major changes is clearly defined and that the entire project team understands the proper procedure.
  3. Closely track all changes: use a ticketing system with statuses indicating where each feature is in the deployment process.  Refer to these tickets in your version control.  Add lots of comments so there's a clear trail to follow for any change.

This only begins to scratch the surface, but proper maintenance of development and testing environments is crucial to the success of any project!


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