To embed automation into the feature development lifecycle, a pipeline should exist at the earliest possible time, configured to initially “do nothing” at deploy time. Using the CDAF samples for Linux or Windows, an operational pipeline can be created quickly.
Enough to make it run
Install CDAF for Linux or Windows and seed your solution. At this point you have the bare minimum to produce an executable deployment artefact.
Now commit or manually configure your pipeline. When the pipeline is triggered, the release artefact is produced. The release is then executed in the pipeline, where no action is attempted, however, the basic mechanics of delivery task execution can be verified in preparation for feature delivery.