AWS DevOps automates release management

About Spike Diamond

Spike Diamond is a UK based publisher known for online publications such as Holler Country, an online magazine covering news and insight from the world of country music.

The Challenge

While working on Holler Country, Spike Diamond reached out to Miracle Mill with the goal to make their release management more efficient and automate the deployment through all stages of development. Holler Country was deployed in a serverless setup in AWS. The objective was to achieve superior productivity for the development team, without compromising quality. Optimising the development process by removing all manual and repetitive steps related to deployment in it was a natural step in that direction.

The Solution


Miracle Mill made an analysis and discussed the current development processes with the customer. They were open to change the process to fit completely with Miracle Mill’s predefined templates for an AWS DevOps pipeline.

The template creates a new CodePipeline using CloudFormation for each feature branch. After the mandatory automated testing, QA and PO approval, the code is automatically merged to the master branch in CodeCommit, tested again and deployed to production. The automated testing includes unit tests and integration tests with specific focus on security and penetration. Upon a successful merge all the provisioned resources related to the feature branch are automatically removed.

The templates were implemented with smaller adjustments to the development process and now Spike Diamond follows a SCRUM process for project management and planning complemented with an automated CI/CD pipeline for release management.

Results and Benefits

The implemented pipelines remove the manual steps in release management, directly contributing to the efficiency of the process. As a result, features are deployed more frequently with high quality. The solution further enables the development team to work on multiple feature branches in parallel, test the features independently and remove dependencies between the development team members, achieving the desired productivity.

It was measured that automating the previously manual steps freed up to 25% of the time from the developers’ workload, that can instead be spent on developing new features.

About Miracle Mill

At Miracle Mill, we are passionate entrepreneurs and engineers, that work to utilise ​modern cutting-edge cloud technology. We are a cloud first company focused on building scalable applications utilising AWS cloud services.​

We provide cloud consulting services with an Agile iterative approach to software development using DevOps methodologies. ​

Services Used

Get started with AWS DevOps

AWS DevOps Setup

Estimate based on specific requirements

  • bulletIn

    Time & material pricing

  • bulletIn

    Including support period

  • bulletIn

    Warranty* 20%

AWS Managed Cloud

DevOps setup as part of a continuous support contract

  • Sign up for our AWS Managed Cloud** subscription service and get your DevOps pipeline in place for free.

  • bulletIn

    No upfront payment

  • bulletIn

    Monthly fee

  • bulletIn

    Continuous improvements

*If necessary, an additional 20% of time will be included, limited to the agreed requirements and scope, of the estimated working period to guarantee customer success in terms of outcomes.

**Our AWS Managed Cloud service takes care of your AWS environment, continuous monitoring and support of your solution as well as your DevOps pipelines following best practices. Business hours only or 24/7 support, up to you or your needs. We've got your back!

Continue Reading