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#DevOpsFriday5 with Jonathan Fletcher

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Nov 28, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series - today's contributor is Jonathan Fletcher. He's DevOpstastic!

1) What’s your preferred definition of DevOps?

Simply a culture of shared goals and incentives. The idea of DevOps is to ensure that we are trying to achieve common goals and that we care enough about our jobs not to pass the buck.

“It’s not my job” – is the antithesis of DevOps.

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

Not addressing the people and culture part of DevOps and thinking that buying a deployment tool makes them “DevOps”.

The ability to provision infrastructure and automate releases is really important. However, it doesn’t go anywhere near far enough solving cultural problems where individuals don’t think about the greater good.

If you have great technology but don’t have great teams to operate them, then it’s all a bit of a waste of time.

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

  1. Find someone that really understands what DevOps is, what challenges it aspires to overcome and that has led a DevOps change program

  2. Don’t just look at tools but the whole holistic IT delivery function

  3. If you do get any tooling in later then look at the before and after metrics (i.e. have we made things better) and then evangelise that as much as possible

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

The default way for teams to collaborate and operate. The idea of a DevOps will further reach into business where they will be more involved with the IT function (DevOps isn’t just Dev and Ops).

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

LinkedIn is becoming increasing more active with forums and discussions. Nothing beats a chinwag, face to face with people also on the DevOps journey though.

Jonathan FlectherAbout Jonathan

Jonathan Fletcher is an Enterprise Architect at Hiscox Insurance, based in London. 

He runs the Platform Services Group (PSG)  aiming to provide and promote a more forward thinking and strategic approach to their technical delivery capabilities.

With experience ranging across the development lifecycle and across a number of different Enterprises, he is in a unique position to see the big picture whilst being able to understand the challenges that technology silos face.

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