ABCs of BPD (Build, Package and Deploy)


Build Process
Prior to performing a build process, a build infrastructure must be in place. This typically includes validating the platform in which the build will occur, identifying and installing appropriate compiler/translator/IDE tools, and establishing a clean-room build workspace.

A typical build process includes:

·         Identify the items that need to be built (they should be in a common SCM tool repository)

·         Begin the build (execute the specific build commands)

·         Pipe all build output to a log file

·         Review the build results & address any build issues (as appropriate)

·         Optional: the build is smoke tested to validate that the core functionality runs properly

·         If the build was successful and of significance (e.g., milestone, test, release):

·         Label the versions of the source code that was used in the build

·         Note: since the build process is iterative (occurs very often), consider automating the build process as much as possible


Package is more completely defined by identifying all pieces that make up a package (eventually targeted for release) and validating its readiness via test. This includes the output from the build and includes other items like scripts, database items, documents, etc., that create a package of deliverables that runs in a test or production environment.

About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

Mario Moreira is a Columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an Author, an Agile and CM expert for CA, and has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the Agile field since 1998. He has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the Agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. He holds an MA in Mass Communication with an emphasis on communication technologies. Mario also brings years of Project Management, Software Quality Assurance, Requirement Management, facilitation, and team building skills and experience. Mario is the author of a new book entitled “Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams” (via Wiley Publishing). It provides an Agile Primer and a CM Primer, and how to adapt CM practices for Agile Teams. Mario is also the author of the CM book entitled, “Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.” It includes step-by-step guidance for implementing SCM at the organization, application, and project level with numerous examples. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at

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