Perceived Benefits of Adopting Continuous Delivery Practices

Juha Itkonen, Raoul Udd, Casper Lassenius, Timo Lehtonen

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Context: In continuous delivery, the aim is that every feature passes through the integration and deployment pipeline, resulting in an immediately deployable product. This practice has been proposed to accelerate value delivery, improve software quality and increase developer productivity. Goal: We investigate the adoption of continuous delivery practices and evaluate the related benefits in a single customer-supplier organization. We focus on the perceived benefits of supplier and customer organizations during a five-year transition period. Method: We performed an exploratory case study. We used semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis. Results: Increased communication and collaboration between developers and customer was perceived as one of the core benefits. Other reported benefits were increased productivity, improved product quality, improved developer morale as well as infrastructural independence and organizational agnosticism. Conclusions: The results indicate that the adoption of continuous software engineering practices bring various benefits for both customers and developers, beyond mere increased pace of production deployments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2016
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344272
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement - Ciudad Real, Spain
Duration: 8 Sept 20169 Sept 2016
Conference number: 10


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement
Abbreviated titleESEM
CityCiudad Real
Internet address


  • Case study
  • continuous delivery


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