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#DevOpsFriday5 with Kevin Behr

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Welcome to the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series - today we will hear from Kevin Behr. Take it away Kevin!

1) What’s your preferred definition of DevOps?

Developers and Operations humans that span boundaries and collaborate using Agile principles based on the work to be done or mission to be fulfilled rather than based on the organizational chart.

2) When people ‘do’ DevOps, what’s the most common mistake you see them make?

They think DevOps is all about automation when really it was largely born out of frustration that humans wouldn't work together across organizational boundaries. It's inherently a socio-techical system with many principles in common with other trades like coal mining dating as far back as the later 1940's.

3) How do you recommend an organisation new to DevOps start?

I recommend they continuously improve their way in to the collaborations using something simple and light such as the Toyota kata form. We teach folks a version modified for knowledge work. It gives teams a simple form that builds learning capability very fast as well as actually improving things for the organization. Oh yeah and you can do it with a cross functional team and set up a real reason to collaborate and span boundaries. The best part is it only takes a small amount of time each day to improve.

4) What’s your prediction for what DevOps will look like in 2020?

It will have evolved into something else. Probably some sort of loosely-coupled approach that extends well into other business areas and connects them cross functionally.

5) Where do you like to go to get a DevOps hit?

My Twitter favorites are @cyetain, @semanticwill, @littleidea, @praxisflow, @patrickdebois, @estherderby, @allspaw, @markburgess_osi, @drunkcod, @snowded, @lunivore, @testobsessed, @botchagalupe. My favorite DevOps event is #devopsdays - I am really excited for the fifth anniversary devopsdays in Belgium this fall. It is going to be amazing! I highly recommend getting to Gene Kim's Devops Enterprise conference this fall as well. The date I am circling in red on my calendar for next year is for the LeanUX 2015 conference put on by @sematicwill. This is a must attend event for devops, UX fans and executives alike.

Kevin Behr #DevOpsFriday5About Kevin:
Kevin brings more than 25 years of frontline experience in business management, technology and thought leadership as a Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Strategist and Chief Operations Officer. In addition to his leadership roles in public and private companies, Kevin also co-founded the IT Process Institute with Gene Kim, and served as its President for the first five years.

Kevin is the author of The Definitive Guide to IT Management in the Adaptive Enterprise (Hewlett-Packard), Managing Certificate Lifecycles (Verisign - Thawte), and the co-author of the The Visible Ops Handbook and The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win.

In his current role as Chief Science Officer of Praxis Flow, Kevin draws from science and engineering disciplines to consult CEOs, Boards of Directors and senior IT executives to rapidly increase fast value-flow, cultivate cultural transformation, and implement continuous improvement strategies.

Kevin is a very popular keynote speaker and is frequently called on to address a broad range of technology and management topics by organizations such as Scriptrock, the National Academy of Sciences, Hewlett-Packard, Compuware, H&M, AFCOM and The IT Service Management Forum.

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