Welcome to the Software Delivery Club.
Every week, we explore different aspects of the business of delivering software into production. Talking to industry experts about how they get to keep their production software running, whether you build or buy, how they cope with new features and product changes, how they keep their customers satisfied while also keeping themselves and their engineers happy, what tools like they like and which ones they don’t as well as tales from the front line when it comes to delivering and supporting production grade software.
This is the reboot of the podcast that used to be called “Automation for the Nation”. The old episodes are still relevant but now we have a new name and new purpose.
00:39 “Software delivery club is the new name of this podcast.” [RB]
00:42 “It used to be called automation for the nation. While it’s not a complete reboot in terms of content, I wanted to draw the line in the sand between what I was trying to do a few months ago and where this podcast is now.” [RB]
1:35 “the true magic we’re looking for, I believe is at the intersection of software development practice, product and pragmatism.” [RB]
02:51 “How do you improve your product, support customers and stay reliable? Software delivery club is about that.” [RB]
Welcome to software delivery club. Every week we explore different aspects of the business of delivering software, into production, talking to industry experts about how they get to keep their production software running, whether they buy or build how they cope with new features and product changes, how they keep their customers satisfied while also keeping themselves and their engineers happy. What tools they like to use and which ones they don't as well as tales from the frontline when it comes to delivering and supporting production grade software. Thank you for joining me. Welcome. I'm Richard Bown, your host, and I believe that an explanation is in order. Software delivery club is the new name of this podcast. It used to be called automation for the nation. While it's not a complete reboot in terms of content, I wanted to draw the line in the sand between what I was trying to do a few months ago and where this podcast is now. For the last few weeks, I've been looking to better focus my newsletter and this podcast around a more specific subject. When I started out earlier this year, I had the ambition to bring systems thinking, structured delivery and software engineering, best practice to anyone who wants it. I thought I cared deeply about systems and processes. However, business leaders, engineering leaders, and software engineers want results. All of them want to make sure that their projects work and are successful. Automation through systems, implementation of processes, and good planning are just some of the tools that we use. So while I love the idea of making automation accessible to all, the true magic we're looking for, I believe is at the intersection of software development practice, product and pragmatism. Above all, it's about creating and delivering effective software systems, which are delight for the user. And this is something I have plenty of experience with, from building enterprise software, for network management, billing systems, high volume, financial accounting, and reporting systems, mobile native, and cross platform IoT embedded and network management, cloud infrastructure delivery, infrastructure as code, CI/CD and DevOps. You name it, I've done it better to share the experience with great guests about stuff that I know really well. So to put it another way, this podcast is all about software delivery. The way software is built, tested, deployed, and made available for our users Every day, every week, I talk about what it takes to deliver brilliant software solutions to your customers, whether they be internal or external, whether you see your product as a business cost center or a profit center The things we admit to ourselves are: 1. Building software is fun. 2. Delivering software can be hard. 3. It can get harder to deliver quality software changes. When there are customers to support. How do you improve your product, support customers and stay reliable? Software delivery club is about that. It's about the build, test, infrastructure, automation, tooling, observability, feedback, planning, product, organization. I hope you continue to enjoy the content. As always, I would love your feedback. If you'd like to be on a future episode to discuss anything to do with software delivery, such as supporting software and production, the challenges of development, testing deploying CI/CD or DevOps security compliance, tooling, or anything else, then feel free to get in touch. I would love to hear your suggestions. You can reach me via richardwbown.com or on Twitter @richardwbown. That's B O W N. If you'd like what you hear on software delivery club, then please consider subscribing to the podcast on your favorite platform, whether it be apple podcasts, Google, Spotify, or wherever else you consume your content. And please also tell your friends and colleagues about us and help us grow. Until the next time. Keep cool. Keep coding. Keep delivering.