Configuration Testing for Build Agents

VersionOne makes agile project management software. One of the strengths of their platform is the ability to give users everything they need in one place, which requires a large number of integrations between VersionOne and other tools. Developing those integrations means managing a geometrically growing number of test cases, and that requires having an effective DevOps strategy. VersionOne began using Chocolately and Jenkins to accelerate release velocity but by solving one problem they created another.

Ian Buchanan, Product Manager for the Platforms and Integrations team, realized that manual changes to build agents were creating new fragile artifacts. After talking with a DevOps specialist, he diagnosed the problem: configuration drift, the silent killer of release management.

Ian's team needed to test 1,600 builds per release cycle. With UpGuard they were able to automate the process of inspecting and validating the configurations of each build. What's more, UpGuard's visual interface meant the those tests were easily created and understood by new hires, removing a bottleneck that created unplanned, disruptive work.

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