Monday, October 21, 2013

On software delivery and NASCAR

Sometimes, I come up with what I think are good analogies for the way things work. My latest was about the necessity of being safe in deploying to a production environment. Here goes:

NASCAR is an exciting sport for both the spectators as well as the driver and crew. But, what makes it possible at all are all the safety measures that are in place in the event of catastrophe. I think that the viewership wouldn't be quite as high if every time there was a crash the driver came out of the car with his face melting off. When you're moving at the edge of human reaction times and engineering, things are bound to happen from time to time. It's what you do in reaction to that that is the difference between a sport and grizzly spectacle.

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