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DevOpsFriday5 with Chris Prowse

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

It's the Ranger4's #DevOpsFriday5 series and this week's answers are courtesy of Chris Prowse. He's DevOpstastic!

1) How would you describe the relationship between DevOps, Agile and ITIL?

DevOps and Agile, despite common misunderstandings, are not inextricably linked; I’ve worked on more traditional projects that have still seen significant benefits from adopting DevOps thinking. However, they’re incredibly complimentary in the way that they work.

Traditionally, we saw the Business, Development and Operations all working in silos. This meant that requirements were sent from the Business into the Development teams, where they were interpreted (often incorrectly), but didn’t reappear again until the end of the project when they were given back to the Business as a product that may or may not satisfy the Business’ needs. It was often at this point that the Operations team got sight for the first time of the product too; meaning they had a battle to deploy and support something new.

Agile thinking brings the Development and Business teams closer together, using regular feedback and engagement to keep the product in-line with the Business’ expectations, and ultimately delivers something that is useful to the Business. Throughput is therefore faster; but the Operations team are often still the last to see the product, and face similar challenges.

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#DevOpsFriday5 with Ant Weiss

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

It's the Ranger4's #DevOpsFriday5 series and this week's answers are courtesy of Ant Weiss. He's Devopstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

The concept is problematic in that it proposes that some IT systems are not a good fit for CI/CD, Cloud, automation or collaborative development. This is a false assumption. The implementation isn't always the same, but every kind of system can benefit from applying these principles and technologies. Bi-modal can be accepted as a transition phase on the road to DevOps. It's certainly easier to apply new methodologies to greenfield projects, but it's in fact the legacy systems that can profit from them most.

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#DevOpsFriday5 with Niharika Dergasi

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Niharika Dergasi. She's Devopstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

Bimodal IT contradicts the principles of DevOps. Agility and quality can coexists, however Bimodal IT will continue to exist in every organzation which is under the transformation journey. Every organisation will invest in devOps only after a proof of concept is established within the organisation's context and business needs. Any organization which is moving towards digitization Devops will be one of the key practices to focus on, however this transition will coexist as Bimodal IT due to factors like alignment to cultural shift,automation across all areas, organisational matrix structure. People, process and technology - all three areas need change which is not easy to accomplish in an organization that has been running long on traditional methods.

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#DevOpsFriday5 with Peter-John Lightfoot

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 23:09 PM

It's the Ranger4's #DevOpsFriday5 series and this week's answers are courtesy of Peter-John Lightfoot. He's Devopstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

Taking a bi-modal approach at the outset is a valid starting point for most large organisations with deep legacy. It supports the realisation of returns on historical investments, whilst providing a platform for the advancement of devops practices. As long as leadership focus transitions to the Mode 2 environment with respect to current and future investments, this platform at maturity will also provide the bedrock for modernisation of the Mode 1 core.

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#DevOpsFriday5 with Karen Ferris

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 @ 16:08 PM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Karen Ferris. She's DevOpstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

I think bi-model IT will have exist for some time. Not every organisation can immediately adopt a DevOps way of working, especially if using Agile approaches and supporting legacy systems. Some organisations will be more risk adverse than others and will want DevOps to prove itself before moving more and more development and support into a DevOps model. For those organisations born digital it is an easier transition if not a transition at all, but for those that were not born digital it is a cultural change (or a change in an established way of working) that may take some time to establish.

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#DevOpsFriday5 with Philippe Guenet

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 16:07 PM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Lukasz Panusz. He's DevOpstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

Bi-modal IT is designed to handle the status quo. However, it is dangerous to think of it as a solution. Bi-modal does not stimulate transformation. The prize is reduction of costs, digitalisation of the business using new methods and new technologies. This is not only happening in the front end, if this has to really matter in terms of customer experience, it needs to touch the system of records. Thinking that both worlds can live independently from each others and organisations can function as 2 tier is regressive and won't lead the needed transformation.

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#DevOpsFriday5 with Lukasz Panusz

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 @ 16:06 PM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Lukasz Panusz. He's DevOpstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

Bi-modal IT complements devops principles and practices because we are adopting a devops work culture and dedicated tools, which should support our processes no matter what kind of SDLC model we apply in company structures. In terms of Bi-modal teams - they can still share the knowledge, work on common approach to delivery, improve over time and apply automation to manual activities.

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#DevOpsFriday5 with Gene Kim

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 17:06 PM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Gene Kim. He's DevOpstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

Although some in the DevOps community have been quite vocal about their distaste for Gartner’s bi-modal IT model, I think it’s a fact of life for any technology leader who is responsible for hundreds or even thousands of applications—one simply cannot modernize every one of those applications at once. In this way, bi-modal IT offers a simple and useful lens to divide up the application portfolio.

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#DevOpsFriday5 Round-Up 5: Is Continuous Delivery the ultimate goal of DevOps? How do other ‘Continuouses’ contribute in a DevOps transformation?

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

This week we look at our favourite answers for our fifth #DevOpsFriday5 question - Is Continuous Delivery the ultimate goal of DevOps? How do other 'Continuouses' contribute in a DevOps transformation?

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#DevOpsFriday5 Round-Up 4: What Attributes Constitute a Culture Embracing DevOps?

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 @ 17:06 PM

This week we look at our favourite answers for our fourth #DevOpsFriday5 question - What attributes constitute a culture embracing DevOps?

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