December 22, 2022

PSA: Do not deploy to production until 2023

Once again, I find myself asking "Why, oh why did I deploy the most important software change of the year 2 weeks before Christmas, only to have to deploy a last-minute patch on December 21st?"

So, I thought I'd ask ChatGPT to write a detailed PSA warning others about deploying to production this week. The image above was better, though.

> Write a PSA about deploying software changes to production the week before Christmas

As the holiday season approaches, it's important to be mindful of the potential impact of deploying software changes to production. The week before Christmas is a particularly busy time for many businesses, as employees and customers alike prepare for the holidays.

Here are a few tips to consider when planning software deployments during this busy time:

  1. Plan ahead: If possible, try to schedule your deployments for a time when your team and your customers will be least affected. This might mean scheduling deployments for the middle of the night or on a weekend.
  2. Communicate clearly: Make sure to clearly communicate any planned deployments to your team and your customers. This will help everyone to be aware of any potential disruptions and allow them to plan accordingly.
  3. Test thoroughly: It's always important to thoroughly test your software changes before deploying them to production, but it's especially critical during the busy holiday season. Make sure to catch any potential issues before they can impact your customers.
  4. Have a rollback plan: In the event that something goes wrong with a deployment, it's important to have a plan in place to quickly roll back to a previous version. This will help to minimize any disruptions to your business.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your software deployments go smoothly during the busy holiday season. Happy holidays!