IDG Contributor Network: Avoiding the ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ problem of software releases

One of my favorite scenes from Disney’s film Fantasia is that of the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (originally, a poem by Goethe). Mickey Mouse, as the apprentice, is being trampled by an army of enchanted, cloned brooms. The brooms multiply automatically in an endless march to get the job done, fetching water in buckets to fill up the room and threatening to drown Mickey in the process.

For release managers responsible for software delivery in large organizations, managing the multitude of software releases can feel a lot like drowning or being trampled by an army of brooms release pipelines.

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