Imagine that in our project we have a manual build process that is complex. Sadly, this is not that difficult to imagine. Obviously the manual build process is reducing our ability to release our software often. Close your eye for a minute and think how will you will solve this problem.
When I asked this question to some of my friends, most of them told me they will automate the build process. I bet even you came up with automating build process as a solution. Automating the build process looks like a logical solution. If you give some more thought, you will realize that we are just automating the complexity that is there in the build process. We are not simplifying the build process. Even though we automated our build process it is still complex and it is going to be difficult to change.
So next time before automating a complex process, first simplify that process. If you simplify a complex process, as a added bonus it will be easy to automate.
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