These following are two fantastic videos I encountered that really help put release engineering into perspective. The first is from a presentation given by Martin Fowler, one of the co-writers of the Agile Manifesto which laid out the principles of agile design and helped kick-start a whole movement that reshaped the software development process. If you have ever encountered the terms scrum, kanban, continuous integration, stand-ups, sprints, or stories, then you’ve encountered a little bit of what he helped to develop.
The video is titled Continuous Delivery and was part of a series of talks Fowler gave titled Software Development in the 21st century at the 2014 XConf conference. You can find the video here.
The second video is from the 2014 2nd International Workshop on Release Engineering keynote speech given by Chuck Rossi, the Engineering Director of Release Engineering at Facebook. He talks about just how important Release Engineering is and of the massive scale of what they need to do at Facebook: