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Thank you for making the distinction clear. The big difference is not only in common automation, but also in coding related topics like testing or code reviews. For me automation is a base principle to ensure code quality. It's necessary to fight our own sloppiness.

Paul is an authority on CI and build automation. As someone who had the privilege to work with him on multiple large-scale automation projects I could not agree more with the thesis of this blog entry. Especially the part where "...a human must be present to execute the stuff...". Many times managers think they have true automation, while in reality they only have person-dependent semi-automation. Clearly an important distinction for teams who want to maximize their investment in build and deployment automation.

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