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Sunday May 19, 2002
04:12 PM

Never deploy on Fridays

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Basic rule for sysadmins:

Never deploy on Fridays.

If you do, it's a guarantee things will get screwed up. If you decide to to it first thing Monday morning, the same thing will go well. It's technology.

Still, we deployed the third installation of a subsystem this Friday and everything seems to have worked fine. Why?

1. We had done it before.

2. We formalised the procedure into an up-to-date checklist.

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  • At the company I used to work for we had a similar rule, at least in our department. We supported a home-grown testing application. This rule was established shortly before I joined the group. It was learned after much pain, not sure how much but enough.

    I've sort of adopted it for any big projects, well, keeping it in mind when I ever do big projects again.