Ranger4 DevOps Blog

Setting an Organisational Why

Posted by Helen Beal on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Simon Sinek's Golden Circle is a key tool we use when we are helping people understand DevOps principles. For people that are coming from a place where DevOps is about automation this can be a little perplexing, but this is a core cultural asset, and DevOps is as much about culture as it is about automation. I love Chris Little's quote from the DevOps Handbook: "DevOps is about automation, as astronomy is about telescopes."

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Topics: Leadership, organisational why, golden circle, devops purpose, devops assessment

Experiential Learning - the WOW Factor with Apollo 13

Posted by Philippa Hale on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 @ 13:06 PM

To all change leaders: Have you been tasked with introducing new ways of working (WOW) in your organisation? Or are you already part way through introducing a new WOW such as DevOps? Agile Service Management? or a transformational change involving/led by other functions: HR, L&D, Finance, Legal, Sales, Marketing ... ?

Do you need some fresh ideas and techniques to help you to engage and inspire key stakeholders and teams, to overcome change fatigue, steer and champion the changes and get the new ways to stick?

If so, we can't recommend highly enough that you include experiential learning activities in your change and communications plan, rather than the traditional one-way presentations or briefings; Both for the change leadership team, and for the target communities involved.  

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Topics: Experiential learning

DevOps Leadership

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

The DevOps Institute (DOI) will be releasing V2.0 of their DevOps Leader course imminently. As an instructor, it's my favourite course to deliver and I've thoroughly enjoyed participating in the update along with many other global DOI REPs and instructors - it's been receiving fantastic feedback. Some have described the new version as 'dense' or 'meaty' but I like to think of it as rich. The course is designed for people who are leading DevOps evolutions or transformations - either within their own organisations or acting as coaches or consultants for their client organisations.

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Topics: DevOps Leader, Unlearning, Leadership, Bateson Stakeholder Map, Ways of Working, Ways of Thinking, Learning, Transformational Leadership

Your DevOps Brain: Ways of Thinking, Ways of Working

Posted by Helen Beal on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

One of the DevOps myths I frequently have to address is that DevOps is all about automation and tools. Whilst they are an essential element to attain the DevOps goal of optimising the flow from idea to value realisation in order to deliver better value outcomes faster and more safely, early on in the evolution of DevOps, Damon Edwards and John Willis came up with the CALMS acronym to help explain the lenses of DevOps concern and the C taught us that Culture is also an essential element. This thinking is supported by this Gartner article that shows in their research that 50% of people asked say that people issues (as opposed to process, technology and information issues) present by far the biggest inhibitor to the adoption of DevOps principles and practices - and also my own observations with my clients who tell me culture is the most difficult challenge they face today.

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Topics: Neuroscience

Stakeholder Mapping Rebooted: The Power of Moods and Emotions in a DevOps Evolution

Posted by Philippa Hale on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 @ 13:04 PM

As part of your DevOps Evolution journey, when did you last do any stakeholder mapping?  

Who did you do it with?  How did you do it?  What did you do with the findings?

Stakeholder maps are valuable but under-utilised tools in any change initiative leader's toolkit. They help us to understand the social system our initiative is a part of, specifically who has what power, influence and vested interests, and who will support or derail our work.

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Is Creativity the Bridge Between Technology and an Agile Business?

Posted by Philippa Hale on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 13:02 PM

Is collaboration between technology and business functions encouraged or stifled? Do you work together with creative energy, drive and trust, or is there a mood of resignation and avoidance? Pulling technical and business specialisms together to innovate and build an agile business is a capability that will help secure an organisation's future.

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DevOps 2019

Posted by Helen Beal on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 @ 11:01 AM

Happy New Year one and all! Whilst time, or at least the Gregorian calendar, may be a human construct, I do enjoy the annual opportunity for navel gazing and setting intentions for a new dozen of months. I’ll be working with Zen koans daily in 2019 as part of my evolving interests in meditation and the brain. This however, represents my thoughts about the world of DevOps in the coming year, and is also a reflection on my thoughts on the same a year ago.

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Topics: DevOps Leader, DevOps Toolchain, DevOps Predictions, State of DevOps 2018, Value Stream Mapping

The Importance of Having an Open Source Policy

Posted by Helen Beal on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 14:04 PM

Our wonderful friends at Sonatype just released the results of their annual DevSecOps survey. For the full results you can download the report. I wrote this article for an ebook where it's collated with a number of other articles from other practitioners - you can download the ebook here.

In 2017, 57% of all participants in the DevSecOps Community survey confirmed that, yes, they did have an open source policy. In 2018 this has risen to 64% - but 35% say they ignore it.

Breaking that down further: in 2018, 58% of those with no DevOps practices and 77% of those with mature DevOps practices reported having an open source policy. 46% of the former and 24% of the latter reported ignoring it. Effectively, that’s then just 12% of organisations with no DevOps practices actually using an open source policy, while 53% with mature practices are following internal regulations. Having, and using, an open source policy is then an indicator of mature DevOps practices.

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Topics: Sonatype, DevSecOps Engineer

DevOps in 2018

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

It's that time of year again! I hope everyone has happy holidays. I've been staring into my crystal ball and thinking about what's been happening in 2017 and these are my thoughts on what the big themes in DevOps are going to be in the year ahead:

1) BizIT: Whilst we are working with many organisations who are facing the classic DevOps challenge of getting development and IT operations to work better together (particularly where new digital transformation departments are accelerating agile adoption), there are many that are achieving the target state of OneIT and the friction they are feeling is more about the business' acceptance of what agile and DevOps really mean in terms of their commitment and involvement in the processes and feedback loops. As we move towards working in value streams, the lines will continue to blur between IT and the business and we'll go from align, past integrate and into 'IT is the business' and beyond where there is no separation. See what the CTO at Hiscox, Jonathan Fletcher, had to say in his talk at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London this year.

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Topics: DevOps

DevSecOps - is it a Good Thing?

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

Yesterday, we had a webcast on 'DevSecOps - is it a Good Thing?' - you can watch the recording here but here's a summary of what we covered:

What is DevSecOps?

Since DevOps originated from the recognition that developers had started to do things like Agile development - the operations teams were getting left behind so, we started with the concept of Agile System Administration & the recognition that we have created silos in the way that we had traditionally organised enterprise IT into a development team. Generally, in software development, security has been looked at as an afterthought - something reflected by security experts. 

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Topics: DevOps, DevOps Foundation Course, DevSecOps, DevSecOps Engineer, AllDayDevOps