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#DevOpsFriday5 with Chris Riley

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

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

1) What’s your preferred definition of DevOps?

The typical response is a merging of Dev and Ops. While this is the effect of proper DevOps it’s not my definition. DevOps is a framework that guides better software delivery and quality. This is done through a culture first, process second, and tools approach to designing the optimum development and operation teams. These teams have a shared goal that is results driven and metric based. DevOps is not an end, it is a means. 

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

Leading with tools. If you lead with tools, the tools will end up dictating your process and culture. Tools solve nothing. The tool fit into the right process and the culture does. Along the same lines is the person who procure the tools, are not the ones who will realise the benefit. Influencers need to be empowered. 

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

There are many approaches: do nothing, slipstream, silo, and rip off the bandaid. The later three are all good options. For the enterprise the most realistic is slipstream, unless you have the opportunity to build a completely separate business unit that can be DevOps bottom up. It is a long tail effort, and the best way to do it is to not talk about DevOps and start with analytics that will help everyone make better decisions. The Analytics will lead to a test and fail, improve, culture and ultimately lead to DevOps frame of mind. 

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

It won’t be called DevOps, and it will just be the essence of the typical development and operation teams. Meaning the adoption will be high enough that we will not need to call it out as a specific thing. As far as technology, I think the mythical DevOps Hub will appear, and release automation will allow teams to release every commit, and QA advanced enough to test every release rapidly. 

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

My preference is events. But on the web I like DevOps.com, LeanStack.io, and twitter conversations on the topic. I specifically do not like LinkedIn groups. 

Chris RileyAbout Chris

Chris Riley (@HoardingInfo) is a technologist. Helping organisations make the transition from traditional development practices to a modern set of culture, tooling, and processes that increase the release frequency and quality of software. He is an O'Reilly author, speaker, and subject matter expert in the area of DevOps Strategy, Machine Learning, and Information Management

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