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Under the Hood – A story of CD Implementation with CloudBees CD


In this talk, we will take a look “under the hood” at a real-world CloudBees CD installation that SPK and Associates did in 2021.  To do this, we’ll show the good, the bad and the ugly in an effort to educate others on what to look for in their own CI/CD implementations.

The first stage of this engagement was a discovery, which afforded the SPK team some major surprises, including understanding existing deployment tasks, software involved, and diagrams.  This is where many surprises and some of the “bad and ugly” come from for this story.

The next stages of this engagement talk about how engineers collaborated to implement proper technical practices, CloudBees CD, and other tools to help automate manual tasks, and reduce time to deploy from about 10 days to about 10 minutes.  This work allowed many teams to develop a culture of communication, trust and reliance on each other and the systems they all created collaboratively. 

At the end of the engagement, SPK and Associates provided a roadmap of how to engage other teams in this journey of simple deployment, including training which allowed them to manage their system themselves.



  • How to approach starting a CI/CD pipeline implementation.
  • An example of an existing, manual software deployment.
  • Ways to minimize manual steps.
  • How training is an important part of this engagement so this client could code their own pipeline moving forward.
Joshua Kling

Joshua Kling

Senior Software Engineer

Joshua Kling is a quick-thinking software engineer with a desire to innovate and create useful programs, with significant experience working in teams effectively. Joshua is passionate about learning new skills and adapting those talents quickly to complete professional projects.

Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Michael Roberts is an IT industry professional with more than 25 years of experience in bringing software to market. His industry certifications and accreditations include those from ICAgile, Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, Atlassian, GitLab, and the Scaled Agile Framework. With his experience as a technology executive, he’s guided many companies to successful IT and software projects.

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