Can’t recommend these enough.
Item one: this book. Release It! by Michael Nygard. Michael has written a fantastic book of patterns and antipatterns of writing, deploying and running software. Developers and Administrators alike should read this book. There are some profound lessons in there.
Item two: The SE Radio Podcast with Michael. He goes into a lot of detail about the subjects in the book. There’s some Floyd Rose abuse in the theme tune, too.
Item three: The next podcast in that series is with Chris Read of Thoughtworks. Chris gets grilled about Continuous Integration and comes up with some pretty compelling arguments. Same cheesy guitar music. I saw Chris give a talk at ThoughtWorks London last week.
We caught up for some food afterwards; we talked about how Michael’s book captures so many of the lessons we learned at the coalface.
Bonus item: Paul Nasrat talking about Agile Systems Administration. This was filmed in London a few weeks ago. I was gutted that I couldn’t make it. Glad that SkillsMatter published it so soon.