Everyone knows that in order to have a successful project, you need to be managing your product well. Git, a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency, is the perfect tool for this. When used with task managers such as Jira, Git can be taken to further levels as it serves as a complete documentation and history of your product.
A successfully managed source control can allow for teams to be flexible to customer needs, such as releasing in a kanban style. The kanban style releases directly includes the customer in the agile software process, giving them exclusive access to test and provide feedback on features before they make it into the release.
This leads to less time spent reworking and more time with happy customers. This also gives UX team an avenue to do usability testing on new ideas. In fact, you can easily decide to deploy however your business requires with a nicely manages source control. So how does one do it well?
The first thing as a Git master you would need to determine is if you prefer a 'rebase' strategy verses a 'merge' strategy. Both of these will be touched upon in more detail in future blogs. For now, know that both are viable options and each strategy has its pros and cons. While 'rebase' is better for smaller teams, a 'merge' strategy tends to lends itself better for larger ones / open source ones.
In my view, rebase does make the source control more maintainable and makes it trivial to understand the history of a product in units. However it also has risks, and involves writing history so it has to be employed carefully. Merge on the other hand is easier, but at the expense of clarity into your project.
Both rebasing and merging are the ways you’ll integrate and deploy your source code to your users. Source control is one of those things that just has to be done right.
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