- Engineers: Commit code and it will be live in production in ~8 minutes, automatically
- Ops: Deliver same-day fixes for customer issues
- Sales: Receive quick turn-around on pulling metrics and one-offs
- Product: See that every day we're better than the day before
Continuous deployment eliminates the wait. Using continuous deployment has been the most liberating experience I've had as a professional software engineer. Every day when I arrive at work I know that I can ship some code, however minor, the very same day. It's like a persistent remedy for burnout. I cannot recommend it enough.
The weird, unanticipated side-effect is that my days have gained an aspect of performance. Every day is game day. But unlike when I carried the pager for App Engine, this as-it-happens problem solving is product-oriented, not just firefighting: What are our customers saying? What new behaviors do we see in our analytics? How well are new features working? It makes programming feel more whole.