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Last year I saw a picture of a distinguished looking man with gray hair and a beard. There was a caption that read: “I don’t always test my code, but when I do I do it in production”.  At the time I had no idea that this was a well-known image of an advertising persona called the “most interesting man in the world.” I guess I don’t watch enough television—or drink enough beer.

I do remember that I was slightly amused and slightly disgusted. In my experience there have been far too many times when an application was not thoroughly tested before being promoted to production. Those applications often failed and had to be rolled back for remediation and proper testing. No real application team would test in production, right?

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