It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series - today we will hear from Rhys Davies. Take it away Rhys!
1) What’s your preferred definition of DevOps?
Although most people's definition of 'DevOps' is different, my definition of DevOps would be leveraging Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD) and automation. Getting something from A - B as quickly as possible as much as possible and as successfully as possible! DevOps is a mindset and a way of working, not really a job title and the best 'DevOps Engineers' are the individuals with the positive attitude towards the methods and collaborating with the Dev and Ops teams. But hey, everyone's different!
2) When people ‘do’ DevOps, what’s the most common mistake you see them make?
Although I don't work directly within a DevOps environment my contacts within this space tell me that the main challenges and mistakes they come across and see is the collaboration of the teams. As I mentioned previously, they have to have that mindset of both a Dev's perspective and the Ops; not just be a developer and once they hand something over its somebody else's problem and vice versa (for example).
3) How do you recommend an organisation new to DevOps start?
I would say maybe start small on a project and build a team of just DevOps individuals who have worked in a successful DevOps environment (if that luxury is an option!). If DevOps is to deliver on its promise of increased productivity and a more efficient organisation then the structure and culture in a large company needs to change. For a start up, I would say 'do' DevOps from the word go but I am a DevOps Enthusiast (it really does work!).
4) What’s your prediction for what DevOps will look like in 2020?
I hope that in 2020 DevOps will be everywhere and everywhere doing DevOps. Despite some companies doing the methods of continuous delivery before it was even called DevOps. I think the BUZZ around the word DevOps has really helped kickstart it and help it spread to other organisations who then of course have their own style and method and meaning of DevOps.
5) Where do you like to go to get a DevOps hit?
I like LinkedIn for a DevOps intake but you cant beat a good meet up/event its the best way to get an understanding of what's worked for other people what has not and so on. One of my favourite presentations was at a Ranger4 Breakfast Briefing where Tom Levey of AppDynamics presented on the DevOps Pay Rise: very interesting points he made.
Rhys is a DevOps Enthusiast! He regularly takes the time to learn more about the Methods of CI, CD, Automation and also Agile methodologies by going to different meet ups and attending webinars. He is a huge believer of the DevOps methods and its promise of increased productivity, better quality services and more efficient organisations (when implemented correctly).
Recently Rhys has set up an event called DevOps Enthusiast which will have two guest speakers at each event and happen once a quarter. The guest speakers will present and talk about what has been successful for them, what has worked and what has not.
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