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A View from CD Summit and KubeCon: The CD Foundation Begins to Build a Community

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By Tracy Ragan, CEO DeployHub, CD Foundation Board Member, November 21st, 2019

CD Summit and KubeCon are over. As I sit here at our booth on the last day of KubeCon 2019, I reflect on the great work the CD Foundation (CDF) has done to begin building a community of Continuous Delivery experts and users. We have had an amazing week and must give a shout out of thanks to our ‘big brother’ the CNCF for providing a co-located even for our first North American CD Summit.

In case you were not able to attend this truly amazing conference, let me update you on the week of work and fun. 

We started Monday morning with the first North American CD Summit. We released a press announcement that covered our current progress around building community and adding new members. From there we began to see our conference room begin to fill-up. At one point during the morning, Tracy Miranda, conference MC, had to ask us to shift seats to make sure everyone had a place to sit down as there were so many people standing in the back of the room. As I was the front row, I had no idea what was occurring behind me. Our first North American CD Summit had sold out.


So facing a sold out day everyone knew they had to bring their ‘A-game’ to the show. We had some truly amazing presentations by end users, member companies, CDF Board members and experts. After a full day of presentations, the room was still full with only a few empty seats. In other words, everyone stayed for the full CD Summit. 

We ended the evening with a party hosted by JFRog, WhiteSoure, DeployHub and Puppet. And what a great time we had. Open bar, table topics to stimulate conversation, cheese board and raffle prizes. CD Summit attendees like to party. 

And then we got to work. The Budget Committee, Strategy Committee and the Outreach Committee had their first face-to-face working sessions. We got to meet the new Director of Ecosystems, Jacqueline Salinas. A focus around interoperability was reinforced as a primary talking point. We have started to further clarify and implement the CD Foundation’s Governing Board 9 Strategic Goals for 2020.

Overall, it was a powerful CD Summit and a great way to end 2019, even though there is yet one more event to attend, DevOps World in Lisbon Portugal. Have a fun week in Lisbon if you lucky enough to attend that event. And we will see the rest of you at your next local CD Foundation Meetup.

Continuous Delivery Foundation Hosts CD Summit With New Members, Strategic Goals for 2020

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CD Foundation membership grows to 33 companies worldwide including Premier Members CapitalOne, CircleCI, Cloudbees, Google, Huawei, IBM, jFrog, Netflix and Salesforce

SAN FRANCISCO, November 18, 2019 – The Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), the vendor-neutral home for many of the fastest-growing projects for continuous delivery, today announced a host of information highlighting impressive growth in membership, planning, governance, security, and community-building. The CDF was established in March 2019. The current projects hosted are Jenkins, Jenkins X, Spinnaker, and Tekton.

“The CD Summit is a great chance to pull together in one place such a diverse range of members and community contributors. It’s fantastic to see the progress we’ve made in such a short span of time. Even as we were forming the foundation earlier this year, we are thrilled to see such a quick upsurge in activities that spans technical, organizational, and corporate engagement,” said Dan Lopez, CDF program manager. “DevOps technology development is better done in a vendor-neutral environment. I believe this is the key to the strong momentum of the CD Foundation. We look forward to further extending support to open source CD and DevOps projects and communities.”

New Members

Membership to the CD Foundation is growing quickly, spanning a broad range of industries, international markets, and sizes of organizations. Recent new members include Integration Platform-as-a-Service provider Boomi, DevOps platform Cycloid, the Association of DevOps Professionals, the DevOps Institute, Global commerce leader eBay, leading global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase, and Open Source components management company Whitesource. 

The new General Members bring the membership total to 33 and join Premier Members CapitalOne, CircleCI, Cloudbees, Google, Huawei, IBM, jFrog, Netflix and Salesforce in working together to make continuous delivery tools and processes as accessible and reliable as possible and grow the overall ecosystem. 

9 Strategic Goals

As a vendor-neutral organization focused on improving software delivery, the CD Foundation governing board has stated specific goals for 2020 and beyond. The governing board has gone through a “very collaborative process,” included speaking to an array of experts in the CI/CD space including Jez Humble, co-author of the Continuous Delivery Book, and Jayne Groll, Head of the DevOps Institute. More information here:

CD Foundation Landscape 

Use and adoption of CI/CD and DevOps technologies is widespread and growing with the availability of powerful open source libraries, frameworks and platforms, not to mention a wide array of proprietary solutions. While there are many applications and tools available, the integration between them can be complicated, can pose additional challenges especially in relation to long term sustainability, and may present a barrier to adoption as part of a commercial product/service. 

The CD Foundation Landscape is a top-down approach to looking at tools and applications in the ecosystem. It is an interactive tool that shows both the wide range of projects in each technology category as well as how fragmented the space can be. This allows for an analysis of where there are many solutions and where there are less. It also may suggest the need for connections or integrations. The code is public, so the community is encouraged to make contributions. More information here:

New Security SIG Working Group

The CD Foundation’s first Special Interest Group (SIG) was announced in October. The charter for the Security SIG provides for a neutral home for discussion around designs, specifications, code and processes to enable security across the software supply chain. Topics include Secure Software Supply Chain, Observability, Policy, Inventory, Runtime Security, Vulnerability Communication, and Vulnerability Recovery. Membership is free and open to the public; meetings are held every two weeks; and the Security SIG runs a public mailing list which can be joined here:

Meetup Organizational and Structure Updates

The CD Foundation enthusiastically supports face-to-face meetings in the form of conferences and meetups. Jenkins Area Meetups (JAMs), which currently comprise 106 groups in 39 countries with a total of over 34,000 members, are being contributed to the CD Foundation from CloudBees, a Premier Member of the foundation. JAM meetups will be part of new wider ecosystem, including general CI/CD meetups as well as opportunities to run Tekton, Spinnaker and Jenkins X meetups. This will provide more opportunities for local organizers to join and participate. For more information, please see:

CDF members have hosted multiple Continuous Delivery events this year, including events co-located with KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China and the Continuous Delivery Summit (November 18-21, San Diego), co-located during KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019. 

Additional CDF Resources

About the Continuous Delivery Foundation

Continuous delivery (CD) is a software engineering approach in which teams produce software in short cycles, ensuring that the software can be reliably released at any time. The Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) serves as the vendor-neutral home of many of the fastest-growing projects for continuous delivery, including Jenkins, Jenkins X, Tekton, and Spinnaker, as well as fosters collaboration between the industry’s top developers, end users and vendors to further continuous delivery best practices. The CDF is part of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization. For more information about the CDF, please visit


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A Year of Tekton

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Author: Dan Lorenc (,,

Last year at Kubecon Seattle, Tekton was just an idea in the heads of a few people, and a bit of code inside knative/build-pipeline. Fast forward to today, and we have a thriving community, independent governance inside a great foundation, and we’re quickly approaching our beta release! This year has flown by, so I wanted to highlight some of the original goals of the Tekton project, and some of the milestones we’ve hit toward them.

The Start

When Christie, Jason and I started sketching out the original Tekton APIs on a whiteboard in San Francisco, we had a straightforward goal in mind: make the hard parts of building CI/CD systems easy. There are already dozens of CI/CD systems designed to run on kubernetes, and for the most part they all have to build the same basic infrastructure before they can start solving customer problems. Kubernetes makes scheduling, orchestration and infrastructure management easier than anyone could have imagined, but it still leaves users with a few pieces to assemble before they can use it as an application delivery platform.

These were some of the original whiteboard sketches on what later became the Tekton Pipeline CRD.

Things like basic DAG orchestration, artifact management, and even reliable log storage are outside the bounds of the core Kubernetes APIs. Our plan was to use the new Custom Resource Definition feature to try to define a few more “nouns”, on top of the existing Kubernetes primitives, that were better suited for Continuous Delivery workloads. In doing so, we would make it easier for people and trans to create delivery systems designed for their exact use cases, while making sure the underlying primitives allowed for some degree of compatibility.

Vague ideas are great, but it’s much more productive to collaborate with others when you have something concrete to share and get feedback on. So in August of 2018, we released the sketch and principles we used to design it on knative-dev and to a few other interested parties. The feedback was amazing. The core pipeline team on Jenkins at Cloudbees jumped in with some hard earned lessons from their experience working on the most widely used orchestration system in history. The Concourse team at Pivotal helped redesign our extensibility system based on what they learned from the successful Concourse resource model.

Then we got to work building it all out! Our goal must have really resonated with others, because we could really feel the power of open source from day one. Even when there were only a few of us working together at Google, we were part of a much larger effort. We really wouldn’t be here today without the help of our contributors, maintainers and governing committee members.

A New Home

Around the time we prepared for our first release, it started to become obvious that Tekton (then called knative/build-pipeline) needed its own home. The knative brand and community helped immensely, but Tekton was meant to provide CI/CD for everyone – not just serverless or even kubernetes users. So in February of 2019, we decided to split out the project, name it “Tekton” and donate it to the newly-forming Continuous Delivery Foundation just in time for the 0.1.0 release. 

Kim Lewandowski announcing Tekton at the Open Source Leadership Summit

Open source, governance, and communities are hard. The move out of knative and into a new foundation was a big change for the project, but has proven worth the effort! Tekton still works great with other knative components, but has had the chance to grow its own community and evolve to a spot that its users need. Thanks to the community, Tekton has expanded into multiple projects like the Dashboard and CLI, and in Tekton Pipelines we have been so lucky to gain the expertise of folks like Vincent Demeester and Andrea Frittoli.

The rest of this year has felt like a blur, but I wanted to call out some major milestones we hit:

  • March – The first Tekton Pipelines release (v0.2.0) using Tekton itself!
  • June – First release of the Tekton CLI!
  • July – The first Tekton Pipelines release (v0.5.0) by a community member not at Google!
  • July – Tekton Friends repo created! 
  • August – First release of the Tekton Dashboard!
  • September – First Triggers release!
  • October – Tekton passed 100 contributors in October!

What’s Coming Next?

We’re rapidly approaching the first Tekton beta release! As part of this effort, we evaluated our API surface and identified quite a few areas that need hardening. This includes finishing up the table-stakes requirements for a CI/CD platform – things like triggers, metadata storage and building up our catalog. The Triggers v0.1.0 release has made Tekton usable in so many new ways, and we’re just getting started there still! 

Scott Seaward has has just started work on refactoring PipelineResources into an extensible system that will form the basis for the Tekton catalog, and Jason Hall is working on a metadata storage system that will help power some new ideas around software supply chain management.

If you’d like to get involved in the Tekton project, you can find us on Github, Slack or our email list . We’ll also be at Kubecon next week! Come attend one of the many sessions or the CD Summit. Here’s to Tekton in 2020!

Join Us at Spinnaker Summit, KubeCon 2019

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Spinnaker Summit 2019 brings together the rapidly growing global community of Spinnaker users – an open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform for releasing software changes with high velocity and confidence, created at Netflix and used by JP Morgan Chase, Cerner Healthcare, Capital One and others around the globe. Spinnaker has been battle-tested in production by hundreds of teams over millions of deployments. It combines a powerful and flexible pipeline management system with integrations to the major cloud providers.

This year’s conference will bring together the Spinnaker users together with Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s KubeCon to unite our open source community members. Join us and discover how Spinnaker and Kubernetes integrate seamlessly to make software deployment pipelines more flexible and also help with visibility, configuration, and easier rollbacks. With Kubernetes and Spinnaker, you can create a robust continuous delivery flow that helps to ensure your software is shipped as quickly as it is developed and validated.

Our Spinnaker Summit 2019 agenda includes more than 30 breakout sessions featuring 50 speakers presenting real world examples of Spinnaker enterprise deployments along with continuous delivery innovations. Participate in interactive hands-on Spinnaker training workshops, leverage free childcare services, network with members at our community event, and hear from our Spinnaker experts.

Use code SLACK20 at to save 20% at registration.