Ranger4 Opens Lean Pub

Posted by Philippa Hale on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 @ 15:04 PM

Ranger4 Blog


15th April 2020


Author - Philippa Hale

Subject - 1st Ranger4 Remote Pub - Tips for knowledge sharing and connecting across functions while working remotely.


At Ranger4 we hosted our first ‘Remote Pub’ this week.  We enjoyed it so much that it is to be a weekly event, for the time being. 4pm on Tuesdays. 


It was based on the Lean Cafe or Agile Coffee principles: An agenda-less forum where participants arrive, suggest and prioritise topics and start to discuss them.  We added Ranger4 facilitators to guide where needed, but mostly the groups just got stuck in, after barely a few seconds of hesitation.  Even though we were remote and only some had met before.


We thought this could be a really useful tool for people on their business agility and/or DevOps quest. Are you, for example, wanting to connect up and build relationships with people in other business functions, to scale and share business agility practices?  It’s hard to get quality time together. Even harder now! 


So rather than organising ‘briefings’, how about replicating as far as possible a more relaxed social environment, such as a cafe or (appreciating the UK cultural bias) a pub?  And then replacing explanations of procedures and principles with your best ‘human’ stories: what’s going on in your world that is interesting and relevant to your audience/colleagues?  We naturally tell stories and they are the most memorable form of communication. See Stephen Denning’s storytelling in leadership of change and business storytelling in an agile context.


When we polled the questions people were most interested to explore, the one that got the most votes was ‘How are you feeling at work, under lockdown?’  We had assumed there would be questions about technology.  There were a few. Clearly people have to have the tools to do the job and get to first base: actually being able to interact with their colleagues, customers, managers without undue disruption. We simply can’t contribute our best and motivation and productivity suffer. 


Also, we thought people might be focusing on the future: how we learn from all of this, what we keep from the ‘old’ ways, and what we change, who for and in what timeframe?  While all of this was interesting for sure, right then, at that moment, people just wanted time to share feelings, experiences and take away some simple, practical tips.


The tips we all collected: 

A lean cafe/remote pub is a great way to use the remote working tools to create an informal but purposeful environment - it felt very relaxed with groups of 5-6  at the ‘pub tables’ (zoom breakout rooms). It takes some planning and preparation but that means better use of the time together.


Itt was good to explicitly say that passing children, pets and partners were entirely acceptable. It made the conversation even more ‘human’.  Alternatively, at moments of focused concentration, it is important to feel comfortable saying ‘actually, that’s a distraction right now, shall we reschedule or rethink?’, and respecting work/family time and timezones. It’s about being authentic so you bring the real ‘you’ to work.

The time flew by.  Everyone had the chance to speak at the pub tables, (great tip for meetings!) then good to come back together and share the highlights.  We tend to be quite task focused at work so it was great to be able to talk about the ‘human’ aspects, etiquette, respecting diverse needs, being kind (attached: Forbes article on kindness and link to creativity, productivity and competitive advantage) when all are feeling the remote working pressures.

A relaxed tone and style of facilitation, and just a few simple ‘rules of the game’, helped people to talk with more confidence and get creative together.  Within the short hour, people who had never met before were quite happy sharing experiences and stories and listening well to each other.  Something to encourage back at work within and between teams. ‘Video on’ gives ‘richer communication’ - more signals, better connection, more trust.

A chance to play with new tools, not for their own sake but for the way they broke up the session, helped with engagement, creative thinking, concentration span, sharing the air time, time for reflection as well as talking.  That suited those of us with different learning and working styles.


If you would like to join the next pub please click here.








DevSecOps Community Survey 2019: The Largest DevOps Survey Ever

Posted by Helen Beal on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 @ 13:03 PM

With 5,558 people answering 41 questions, the DevSecOps Community Survey 2019 is the largest of its kind, ever. As expected, the results are fascinating and well worth reading by anyone interested in software development and the ever-changing role of application security. The report offers new insights into the attitudes of today’s software professionals, covering topics such as best practices and the importance of security in the industry at large.

Some of the most noteworthy findings from the 2019 report include the fact that Elite DevOps practices now favour automation over manual processes by a huge 700%. Another section of the report tells us that 1 in 4 have experienced a web breach in the past year, and nearly half of developers believe security is important but don’t have any time to spend on it. These are staggering statistics, providing invaluable insights into an industry that, until now, has only produced smaller scale surveys and reports.

To learn how the DevSecOps Elite differ from those without DevOps practices, this report is a must-have. You’ll also uncover what happens when organisations fully integrate automated security testing, and if breach rates are on the rise as many are claiming.

Learn more about the survey and download the report here.



Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report 2019

Posted by Helen Beal on Wed, Mar 6, 2019 @ 13:03 PM

Great news, the DevOps Institute’s Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report 2019 is now available to download for free. The report offers unparalleled insights into the skills required for enterprise growth and transformation, and is bound to give anyone interested in DevOps recruitment a distinct advantage.

As well as going into some detail about the most valued and in-demand skills needed to master DevOps transformation, the report also offers valuable information on how to cultivate the best mindset and working culture for DevOps to thrive. Among some of the key findings of the report, are that 55% of respondents tend to look for internal candidates first when growing their DevOps team, or that soft skills are now considered a ‘must have’ for DevOps Engineers. It really is a fascinating and up-to-date look at upskilling within a contemporary DevOps environment. 

The report takes all of its findings, including recruitment numbers, job roles and essential skills, and breaks them down into easily digestible categories - perfect for sharing with colleagues. 

Download this complimentary report today by clicking here.

DORA Begin a New Journey with Google Cloud

Posted by Helen Beal on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 @ 14:01 PM

For the past year or so, we’ve enjoyed a wonderfully productive relationship with DORA (DevOps Research & Assessment LLC). While our team is very much rooted in face-to-face, on-site assessments and training delivery, DORA changed the game with the introduction of a survey driven virtual assessment, which used enhanced data modelling perfected over several years. Suddenly, we were able to interview hundreds of employees in a matter of days and gain valuable insight into a business unit’s operation, comparing it to high performing competitors in the same industry.

It was, and is, a great opportunity for businesses to learn how best to drive their technology transformation forward.

In the last few weeks, DORA broke the exciting news that they had been acquired by Google’s Cloud division. In many ways it’s a natural fit, with both organisations known for their continued hard work in the DevOps ecosystems. While DORA is known for its data-driven approach toward helping teams automate their processes and achieve a better work balance, Google Cloud is hailed for its contribution to the open source community and its exemplary research into how DevOps teams function. The two organisations really are a perfect match.

We wish the DORA team every success in their new beginning, and look forward to the valuable contribution they continue to make as part of Google Cloud.


Public DevOps Simulation: The Phoenix Project Game, September 2017

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 13:09 PM

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At the beginning of September, we had a taster day for The Phoenix Project Game in London - it gave a group of people an understanding of how the game works and the kind of expectations they should have when running the game in their own teams. Feel like you've missed out? Don't worry - we have another one coming up in October; register for it using this link, hurry - spaces are limited!

To read Helen Beal's in depth blog about the day please, use this link

Below, you'll find further comments from the games's players: 

Simon Berry, from Freshfields:

               “Interesting session, clever how the game is organised. It was clear to see how disorganised everyone was through the 4th round, which had a plan, more structure & organisation.”

David Bodle, from FCA:

               “At the beginning of the simulation it was hard to know where to start and how to work as a group…. As the day went on you could see more and more teamwork in the room. The game strongly demonstrates how important collaboration, work ownership and being able to hear others talk/shout is.”

Shane Poole from Ordnance Survey:

“I personally thought it was a great exercise and it helped me to reinforce/remind me of things I already knew as well as giving me some new things to think about.”

Play The Phoenix Project Game 


Topics: DevOps, The Phoenix Project Game, digital transformation, Business metrics, business simulation

Ranger4 and DORA Team Up to Deliver Enhanced DevOps Assessments

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 17:02 PM

We're over the moon here at Ranger4 to announce a new partnership with DORA, the team behind the Puppet Labs State of DevOps report. Ranger4 are a reseller of DORA's virtual assessment - we've been running physical, onsite assessments for many years at Ranger4 with companies as diverse as FIS, LEGO, LV=, Arup, Saga and BAT but, while we believe that face to face interaction is invaluable, there's a constraint to the amount of people we can talk to over a few days.

With DORA though, that constraint is smashed as we can virtually interview hundreds of people across an organisation in a matter of days through email driven survey techniques and use data modelling tools honed through 20,000 respondents from 2,000 organisations over several years of State of DevOps Reports. We can compare business units' performance across an enterprise and against high performers in a particular organisation's industry.

Kevin Rowlandson at Arup says:

"Recognising the need to adopt DevOps across a globally distributed organisation is one thing. Working out how to start the journey is quite another. To overcome concerns like: 'Are we ready for DevOps?', the team at Ranger4 helped us to not only identify where we sit on the maturity scale, but also helped us define a clear journey to overcome these first hurdles."

We recommend running the physical and virtual assessments in parallel in order to gain the most rounded view of your organisation's current states - we'll provide you with one report summarising the findings across each unit and the best practices you can share. We'll clearly identify the highest value opportunities for improvement and help you make the changes you need to make your business as productive as possible.

Adam Auerbach at Capital One says:

"DORA focussed our efforts on the right work which resulted in accelerated maturity. The work with DORA gave us insights that now our teams are better informed, which is resulting in a quicker path to Continuous Delivery."

Chivas Nambiar at Verizon says:

"DORA gave us a way to measure things that we just couldn't measure before. Now we had visibility into what was happening in our software engineering lifecycle."

DORA CEO, Nicole says about the new partnership:

"We are super excited to partner with the team at Ranger4 to offer assessments that pair our survey-driven, scientific approach with their physical, on-site techniques. This combination will provide unique value to organizations seeking to truly understand how to drive their technology transformations forward."

The team behind DORA is Dr Nicole Forsgren, an expert in metrics and psychometrics in software delivery and IT impact, Jez Humble, co-author of Continuous Delivery and Lean Enterprise and Gene Kim, Co-author of The Phoenix Project and The DevOps Handbook.

Topics: DevOps, DORA

Ranger4 Win Award for Most Innovative DevOps Solution Provider

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Ranger4 are over the moon to be awarded 'Most Innovative DevOps Solution Provider' by in their annual DevOps Dozen awards. CEO, Alan Shimel, said:

"OK I have to admit it, I was pulling for Ranger4 in this category. Helen Beal and Steve Green are great people who were out there evangelizing and leading in DevOps consulting way before the current Cambrian explosion of DevOps consultants we see today. Their DevOps Liftoff Workshop and latest, DevOps for CEOs are both high water marks in the industry. Congrats to the entire Ranger4 team."

Ranger4 started our DevOps journey in 2011 and offer a wide range of solutions to assist organisations wanting to evolve their practices and capabilities using DevOps principles.

These solutions include:

- The DevOps LiftOff Workshop
- DevOps Discovery and Assessments
- DevOps Transformation with the DevOps Loop
- DevOps Training and Mastery (with the DevOps Institute)
- Value Stream Mapping for DevOps with Lean Principles
- DevOps Toolchain builds for Ideation to Realisation
- DevOps workshops such as Getting and Measuring Metrics that Matter
- The Phoenix Project Game (co-designed with Gamingworks)

Look out for more coming through in 2017 especially focussed on cultural change and experiential and serious play learning.

Steve Green said:

"It's testament to our team's ability to listen to what our customers need and develop solutions in line with the challenges they face that we have won this award. We have more great things coming through this year so watch this space for more groundbreaking DevOps solutions. Thanks to Alan for all his support and encouragement and the chance to be recognised for our efforts in this way."

Congratulations to the other winners including: Jenkins, Automic, Barry Christ of Chef, IBM, Jason Hand of VictorOps, Nationwide, DB Maestro, Angel Diaz of IBM, Damon Edwards and John Willis, The DevOps Handbook by Gene Kim, John Willis, Jez Humble and Patrick Debois and Shelbee Smith-Eigenbrode for her article.

Topics: DevOps Awards

The DevOps Institute and PEOPLECERT Announce New DevOps Practitioner℠ Series of Courses and Digital Badging Program

Posted by Biagio Napoli on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 @ 16:11 PM

The DevOps Institute (DOI) and PEOPLECERT have this week announced DOI’s new DevOps Practitioner℠ series of courses to support IT roles for the modern enterprise. Each new DevOps certification course is focused towards continually addressing the emerging and growing needs of IT professionals and organizations worldwide. As a DOI Registered Education Partner Ranger4 are excited by the opportunity to offer these courses to our customer base.

Successive to DOI’s flagship entry level course, DevOps Foundation®, the new DevOps Practitioner series will include the following roles:

- Continuous Delivery Architect (CDA)℠
- DevOps Test Engineer (DTE)℠
- DevSecOps Engineer (DSOE)℠
- DevOps Leader℠
- DevOps Professional (DO PRO)℠
DOI’s existing Certified Agile Service Manager (CASM)® and Certified Agile Process Owner (CAPO)® qualifications will also become part of the DevOps Practitioner series of courses.

Jayne Groll, CEO of DOI said: “Each role evolves a specific IT competency for DevOps including automation architecture, testing, security and leadership.”
Ranger4 will begin scheduling classes for some of the new DevOps Practitioner courses before year-end. Certification exams for each course will begin to be available in Q1 2017.
The DOI has also announced its new digital badge program for all of its course offerings. Learners who have passed DOI’s qualifications will be awarded a digital badge as a means of showcasing their achievements. Learners will be able to share their success online by displaying digital badges via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Mozilla or other social media sites. Learners who have already passed DOI certification exams will be issued digital badges retrospectively.

About The DevOps Institute
The DevOps Institute (DOI) is the global leader in codifying emerging DevOps practices into enterprise level DevOps training and certification. Working with recognized thought leaders, a worldwide channel of Registered Education Partners (REPs), strategic partner Peoplecert, and DevOps Express, DOI has set the quality standard for relevant, current and sustainable DevOps course content and certification. For more information about DOI, visit

Topics: DevOps Foundation Course, DOI, DevOps Training, DevOps Mastery, Continuous Delivery Architect

Ranger4 is Now a Dynatrace Partner

Posted by George Price on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

Ranger4 is delighted to announce a new partnership with digital performance software company Dynatrace, to accelerate DevOps adoption for our customers. Dynatrace’s suite of performance monitoring and management solutions will be available to Ranger4’s customers and prospects to enable both development and operations teams to use the same performance metrics throughout the development lifecycle, fostering the collaboration which underpins DevOps.

Steve Green, DevOpsologist at Ranger4, said “We are delighted to be able to add Digital Performance Management from Dynatrace to our DevOps toolchain portfolio – as it’s the missing link in the ‘realisation’ part of the DevOps loop we seek to create in every DevOps transformation we deliver. Performance monitoring and testing is critical to DevOps as organisations need constant visibility into everything taking place in the development lifecycle and production environment. As a result, metrics are crucial when organisations are transforming in line with DevOps principles and having a platform, such as Dynatrace’s, that offers such detailed, business orientated insights into an application’s performance is vital.”

The Dynatrace platform provides IT teams with a pre-emptive warning of performance issues throughout the development lifecycle, identifying the root cause of degradations quickly to reduce mean-time-to-resolution. The data obtained through automated testing also enables companies to assess the impact of new digital services in production and consequently improve these services through the establishment of better feedback loops. With a unified view of performance data across development and operations, companies can obtain a comprehensive perspective that translates into an overall competitive advantage.

“There’s a vital need for skills and expertise in agile software delivery methods, which is why our partnership with Ranger4 is so important,” explains Patrice Attia, VP EMEA North at Dynatrace. “Today’s marketplace is driven by ever-increasing demands for features, speed and reliability, so companies must adopt continuous delivery methods, such as DevOps, to deliver new services quickly without eroding the customer experience. For DevOps to deliver outstanding digital performance to customers and significant business results to companies, automated testing must be integrated from the outset - to ensure problems aren’t found too late to implement fundamental changes.”

About Dynatrace

Dynatrace is the innovator behind the industry’s premier digital performance platform, making real-time information about digital performance visible and actionable for everyone across business and IT. We help customers of all sizes see their applications and digital channels through the lens of their end users. More than 8,000 organizations use these insights to master complexity, gain operational agility and grow revenue by delivering amazing customer experiences.

Read more about Dynatrace’s leadership in the digital performance and APM market, here.

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Ranger4 Now Supplying to the Government Through G-Cloud!

Posted by Ryan Dobson on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

As of today, Ranger4 will be working together with various UK Government and Public Service departments as part of the renewed G-Cloud 8 Framework. 

Having just celebrated our 5th Anniversary, Ranger4 continues its rapid growth working with household brands and launching them into the digital age. Some of our most notable customers include Halfords, LV= and 

This new G-CLoud agreement will allow us to help a lot more organisations in the UK and expand our reach further into the DevOps world! ~=>