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Cruise case-study with Rosetta Stone

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This case-study by Rosetta Stone shows how using Cruise for Continuous Integration has enabled the
development group to adopt an easy and reliable process to build and deploy a complex product like Rosetta Stone across multiple platforms.

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Cruise case-study with Rosetta Stone

  1. 1. CASE STUDY cruise R ROSETTA STONE Embrace Change. Deliver Certainty. Release Management Becoming A Heavyweight Bene ts of Cruise Rosetta Stone Development Teams Move to Cruise Achieve Increased CI Reliability and Flexibility Flexibility Various development teams at Rosetta Stone use Cruise in di erent ways, Executive Summary—The development organization at Rosetta Stone builds adapting the CI product to match their the widely popular language-learning consumer software. They recently existing work processes and business outgrew their open-source continuous integration (CI) solution and needed a requirements. commercial-grade product to better manage software development in a fast-paced and demanding environment. Using Cruise for CI has enabled the Multi-platform builds development group to adopt an easy and reliable process to build and deploy With Cruise, Rosetta Stone can now a complex product like Rosetta Stone across multiple platforms. more easily execute multi-platform builds because the product seamlessly shares information across di erent servers using Cruise Agents. The Customer The leading language-learning software in the world, Rosetta Stone® has helped Reliability and High millions of people in 150 countries learn a new language using an immersion Usability environment rather than translation and memorization. Rosetta Stone provides both personal and enterprise versions of their software, and is used by Fortune Unlike an open-source tool, Cruise 500 companies, government agencies, community organizations, and schools scales to meet the needs of a complex and universities. Founded in 1982, Rosetta Stone’s executive o ces are located in development project that includes a Arlington, VA. complex array of dependencies. For more information about The Challenge The Rosetta Stone product development group, including teams in locations Cruise or to request a demo, throughout Virginia, rst adopted Agile in June 2005. Well versed in the practice of please contact: continuous integration (CI), the group had originally supported CI using a mix of open-source tools including CruiseControl. With the commercial success of EMAIL: studios@thoughtworks.com Rosetta Stone, the group’s workload has signi cantly expanded over the past four years. Today there are seven development teams, each creating di erent CALL: components of the Rosetta Stone product. +1-312-543-2599 | North America As often happens, these teams have become siloed, working with seven tracks and seven code repositories. And, all seven teams are developing products for the +91-80-4064-9703 | Rest of the world PC, Macintosh and Linux platforms. While the group is working to implement process changes to improve collaboration, they needed a commercial-grade CI system that was exible enough to work across their existing silos. In addition to their need for exibility, using an open-source tool such as Cruise Control revealed limitations in executing multi-platform builds. Developers had to work on one machine at a time. This required them to spend additional time and e ort to manually link CruiseControl instances, so that their product could “chain” build on multiple platforms. Copyright c 2009 ThoughtWorks, Inc. All rights reserved. www.thoughtworks-studios.com
  2. 2. CASE STUDY The teams also realized their heavy workload and demanding development schedule required better overall reliability from a CI solution than an open-source product could provide. Instead, they needed an enterprise-grade CI system that could ensure both high Rosetta Stone is an Agile/Scrum shop, and Cruise gives us a reliability and technical support to manage the high volume of CI required of large, integrated projects. reliable and dependable continual integration environment, which is crucial to successful sprints. Using Cruise allows us to spend less time on each sprint managing our builds and The Solution releases, and more time working on our backlog. As a result, Four teams were the rst to migrate from an open source CI system to Cruise, a commercial-grade CI and release managment tool at the end of each sprint, we have a shippable product. As our from ThoughtWorks Studios, for their continuous integration development group continues to grow, Cruise will enable us needs. The components group builds library pieces to distribute to get new Scrum teams o to a quick start, bringing our new internally to other teams. The enterprise team develops the Rosetta Stone manager application used by large groups. The products to market faster. social media team creates web-based end-user applications, while the applications team develops the core Rosetta Stone language software product. Rob Vance, Vice President Easier Multi-platform Builds. Cruise provides a zero- Rosetta Stone con guration build grid, a feature that was important to the Rosetta Stone team because it allowed the teams to more easily and quickly execute multi-platform builds. With Cruise, individual servers do not require any con guration. Instead, Cruise Agents are installed on each machine. They are assigned jobs by the Cruise Server and con gure automatically, By using Cruise for CI, the teams now have a more simplistic but obtaining the source code or artifact for the required job. With reliable method to execute multiple-platform builds. Instead of more agents running simultaneously, work is completed more having three separate instances of CruiseControl on each machine, quickly which shortens the feedback loop in the development Cruise easily runs across multiple servers using organized process. work ows. This view in Cruise lists the Agents available to the Cruise Server to execute jobs. It also shows the corresponding resources associated with each Agent. Administrators can approve Agents and specify Agent resources from this tab. Rosetta Stone relies on Cruise Agents to more easily conduct multi-platform builds, which helps them to more quickly develop their extensive product line on several platforms. Copyright c 2009 ThoughtWorks, Inc. All rights reserved. www.thoughtworks-studios.com
  3. 3. CASE STUDY This screen in Cruise shows the entire build activity that has occurred during a speci c stage in the pipeline over time. The user can click the detail links to see all the information for the stage or job. Various teams at Rosetta Stone use Cruise di erently for their build process. Some use pipelines to manage their testing and deployment work ow, while others use Cruise just for basic continuous integration and reviewing daily builds. Cruise provides the exibility to match how your team works. Cruise rolls up the execution results from across these servers, Reliability and Ease of Use. Using Cruise has provided the providing a summary of which tests passed and which did not. Rosetta Stone teams an added bene t they could not nd with an Because Cruise can run jobs in parallel, the development teams open-source tool: reliability. Each team executes a high volume of can split the tests into multiple suites and implement them on CI on a daily basis, and although they use Cruise di erently, each several servers simultaneously, saving a signi cant amount of time. depends on its robust architecture and high usability. Flexible Use Among Teams. For the Rosetta Stone development Because Cruise is easy to install and to make operational, the teams teams using Cruise, each has adapted the CI product to match can easily train existing members, add new people, and even show their existing work processes. For example, one team is using their production development progression in Cruise to a non- Cruise “by the books” utilizing pipelines to manage their testing technical audience. and deployment work ow. These teams maintain numerous projects and build interdependent code. With Cruise, they can specify that a framework change should The Results trigger dependent components to be built and have each By using Cruise, the Rosetta Stone development teams now have integration veri ed by an automated build to detect errors. This a strong yet exible CI system that easily manages their heavy process reduces integration problems and the team can develop development workload across multiple platforms. cohesive software more quickly. The teams have achieved increased reliability in their product Another team relies on Cruise for basic CI and reviewing daily development process and product quality, which is important builds. They have their con guration management written in Ant, when governments and organizations across the world rely upon and they execute work manually even though Cruise could do it their software. With each team working with Cruise in a manner automatically. that best suits their needs, the group has made a seamless transition from an open source tool to a commercial-grade Instead of relying on automated builds, they build and tag artifacts solution. by hand, which is their preference due to that team’s particular business requirements. The inherent exibility of Cruise allows each team to implement and use the product in whatever way best serves their needs. Copyright c 2009 ThoughtWorks, Inc. All rights reserved. www.thoughtworks-studios.com
  4. 4. CASE STUDY About ThoughtWorks Studios ThoughtWorks Studios is a global leader in Agile software development tools, and its products can be found in development organizations seeking sustainable Agile adoption. The company’s Adaptive Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution provides a platform for managing all aspects of software development, from requirements de nition and project TM management to test automation, quality assurance, and release management. Adaptive ALM consists of the integration of three products: Mingle (project management), Twist (test automation) and Cruise (release management). Each tool is R R R available as part of a complete lifecycle solution or as a stand-alone product. Backed by more than 16 years of experience in Agile delivery, ThoughtWorks Studios is the product division of the ThoughtWorks, Inc., the pioneering leader in Agile development. ThoughtWorks Studios has 200 customers in more than 20 countries, including 3M, Honeywell, BBC, eBay, Barclays, Vodafone, McGraw-Hill and Rackspace. The company headquarters is co-located in San Francisco and Bangalore, with o ces in London and select cities in Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, visit www.thoughtworks-studios.com mingle Mingle, an Agile management and collaboration tool, R provides a common workspace for all team members and an automated system of record for all projects. Mingle can adapt any existing work ow process and easily manages daily Agile Project Management development activities. O ering true-to-life visibility into the entire development process for all stakeholders, Mingle helps development teams become more open and collaborative. twist R Twist, an automated testing solution, provides English-like constructs, making the testing process more productive for all team members. As applications grow in complexity, Twist helps to more easily maintain complex test suites. These Test Automation suites keep pace with application development and are held as long-living assets. cruise R Cruise provides both continuous integration and release management and can drive development and IT operations to collectively plan continuous product releases. Cruise o ers deployment pipelines and a zero-con guration build grid, Release Management which simplify the release management process. Unlike open- source tools, Cruise scales to meet the needs of a complex development project with numerous dependencies. Copyright c 2009 ThoughtWorks, Inc. All rights reserved. www.thoughtworks-studios.com