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An Uneventful Christmas

For most people, Christmas is very eventful — the parties, the food, the company. However, when you’re charged with making sure something is available at a time when most people will be on their holidays, you want it to be as uneventful as possible.

Luckily for me, I’m not the one on-call this time around, but I did put in a couple of shifts just before Christmas on second-line support, just as we were implementing the deployment freeze before the holidays.

I must say that there’s nothing quite like putting a stop to all but emergency deployments to get people reviewing, merging and deploying those pull requests like there’s no tomorrow! We had a pretty full calendar the day before the freeze, and then things were so much calmer afterwards.

As I sit here writing this post on New Year’s Eve, I’m hoping for it to be as uneventful as possible, as far as GOV.UK is concerned. So whether you’re checking what your next bank holiday will be after New Year’s Day (it’s Good Friday on 14 April) or what GDS has been up to in 2016, GOV.UK will be up and available to answer your requests thanks to a small group of people keeping an eye on it in between the festivities.

If this sounds like a good place to work, take a look at Working for GDS - we’re usually in search of talented people to come and join the team.