Buildout gives you a way to manage, build and deploy your Python project with ease. Large Python projects such as Plone use it to distribute repeatable development environments. Buildout allows you to easily get up and running with your project versus the traditional method of installing all the dependancies and manually configuring your applications instance for each environment. The buildout community is rapidly growing with a large repository of recipes that allow you to extend it's functionality. This talk will show you the basics of using buildout and how to make it a vital part of your project's life cycle.