One of the things we loved about going to developer conferences was meeting Jenkins users — newbies and old-timers alike — who are excited to talk about their projects and share tips on how to move forward using Jenkins. Since the coronavirus pandemic, we’re learning to rely more on new ways to gather, and it’s happening via Jenkins online meetups, GitHub collaborations, and Twitter threads, to name a few.
It’s a significant change. But what hasn’t changed is the need to share stories about the things users have built, the solutions they’ve developed, and the excellent results they’re getting from some really innovative Jenkins implementations. Then we wondered, why isn’t anyone collecting these user stories and sharing them with the Jenkins community.
So we took the first step to record and archive all the great stuff everyone in our community is building with Jenkins. This way, Jenkins users old and new can come to an archive and search for Jenkins solutions for inspiration. We foresee a vast library of solutions from all around the world, solving a wide array of challenges in every industry imaginable. We decided to call this archive "Jenkins Is The Way" and host it at https://JenkinsIsTheWay.io .
To aggregate all these stories, we built a simple online questionnaire so that Jenkins users can submit their own experience using this leading open source automation server. With so many plugins to support building, deploying, and automating your projects, we expect to see a vast collection of stories.
We’ve already received a handful, including stories that illustrate how Jenkins Is The Way:
Be an inspiration to the Jenkins community by sharing your Jenkins story. Just go to this link and fill out the form. We’ll ask you about your project’s goals, the technical challenges you overcame with Jenkins, and the solutions you created. It should take no more than 20-30 minutes to complete.
We’ll clean it up for clarity and publish it on https://JenkinsIsTheWay.io .
Once it’s part of our archive, we’ll send you our new 2020 Jenkins Is the Way t-shirt.
And since the more, the merrier, please share this blog post with peers and colleagues. We want to hear everyone’s stories about the clever ways Jenkins is used to automate all that we need to do.
Thanks to the Jenkins Advocacy and Outreach SIG for their reviews and feedback.
Thanks also to CloudBees for sponsoring the "Jenkins is the Way" program.