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SkillsCast

Bootstrapping a devops mentality

27th January 2011 in London at Skills Matter

This SkillsCast was filmed at Bootstrapping a devops mentality

When devops gets mentioned, the discussion tends to fall in two parts: the technology part and the cultural part. When devops gets mentioned the discussion tends to fall in two parts: the technology part and the cultural part.

Sure, a lot is happening at the technology side: virtualization, cloud and more recently infrastructure as code. All cool stuff. And a good toolset sure is worth a lot for getting the job done more easily. Still tools will only have a mild impact on making people collaborate. Collaboration is really the core of the devops idea, plain and simple. But even if the idea is simple, it doesn't mean the implementation is easy: a lot of resistance needs to be overcome.

Phrases like: "this will never work", "it's only for those cool web 2.0 companies", "it only works for small startups" are not usual when a mentality shift is introduced. Within this session, we will highlight several stories from the trenches how people are trying to bootstrap devops within their organizations and the benefits they got from it. Besides what worked, we will also explain the things that didn't work well.

Remember devops is no silver bullet. It's still hard work to get it going. At the end of the session, we hope to have provided you with several practical and useful tips to make it work inside YOUR company: How to get devs and ops work together, overcome management resistance, start working on the same goals and teams. That is of course if you want it !

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Bootstrapping a devops mentality

Patrick Debois

In order to understand current IT organizations, Patrick has taken a habit of changing both his consultancy role and the domain which he works in: sometimes as a developer, manager, sysadmin, tester and even as the customer.

SkillsCast

When devops gets mentioned, the discussion tends to fall in two parts: the technology part and the cultural part. When devops gets mentioned the discussion tends to fall in two parts: the technology part and the cultural part.

Sure, a lot is happening at the technology side: virtualization, cloud and more recently infrastructure as code. All cool stuff. And a good toolset sure is worth a lot for getting the job done more easily. Still tools will only have a mild impact on making people collaborate. Collaboration is really the core of the devops idea, plain and simple. But even if the idea is simple, it doesn't mean the implementation is easy: a lot of resistance needs to be overcome.

Phrases like: "this will never work", "it's only for those cool web 2.0 companies", "it only works for small startups" are not usual when a mentality shift is introduced. Within this session, we will highlight several stories from the trenches how people are trying to bootstrap devops within their organizations and the benefits they got from it. Besides what worked, we will also explain the things that didn't work well.

Remember devops is no silver bullet. It's still hard work to get it going. At the end of the session, we hope to have provided you with several practical and useful tips to make it work inside YOUR company: How to get devs and ops work together, overcome management resistance, start working on the same goals and teams. That is of course if you want it !

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Bootstrapping a devops mentality

Patrick Debois

In order to understand current IT organizations, Patrick has taken a habit of changing both his consultancy role and the domain which he works in: sometimes as a developer, manager, sysadmin, tester and even as the customer.