Continuous Delivery Practices in a Large Financial Organization

Carmine Vassalo, Fiorelli Zampetti, Daniele Romano, Moritz Beller, Annibale Panichella, Massimiliano Di Penta, Andy Zaidman

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Continuous Delivery is an agile software develop- ment practice in which developers frequently integrate changes into the main development line and produce releases of their software. An automated Continuous Integration infrastructure builds and tests these changes. Claimed advantages of CD include early discovery of (integration) errors, reduced cycle time, and better adoption of coding standards and guidelines. This paper reports on a study in which we surveyed 152 developers of a large financial organization (ING Netherlands), and investigated how they adopt a Continuous Integration and delivery pipeline during their development activities. In our study, we focus on topics related to managing technical debt, as well as test automation practices. The survey results shed light on the adoption of some agile methods in practice, and sometimes confirm, while in other cases, confute common wisdom and results obtained in other studies. For example, we found that refactoring tends to be performed together with other development activities, technical debt is almost always “self-admitted”, developers timely document source code, and assure the quality of their product through extensive automated testing, with a third of respondents dedicating more than 50% of their time to do testing activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, ICSME 2016
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, CA
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-3806-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-3807-7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016
EventICSME 2016: 32nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution - Raleigh, United States
Duration: 2 Oct 201610 Oct 2016
Conference number: 32


ConferenceICSME 2016
Abbreviated titleICSME
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Test-Driven Development
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Continuous Integration
  • DevOps
  • Agile Development
  • Technical Debt
  • Refactoring
  • Testing


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