It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Lukasz Panusz. He's DevOpstastic!
1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?
Bi-modal IT complements devops principles and practices because we are adopting a devops work culture and dedicated tools, which should support our processes no matter what kind of SDLC model we apply in company structures. In terms of Bi-modal teams - they can still share the knowledge, work on common approach to delivery, improve over time and apply automation to manual activities.
2) How do you think an organisation can achieve end to end ideation to realisation? (Measuring the cost of a feature from inception to delivery and its value when operating in production)
While it is possible, there's no simple way to achieve this. By applying measurement against each part of delivery - from feature description to actual running on production, companies are able to identify business value and TCO of given feature.
3) How do other frameworks or movements like Lean or Agile impact your ability to do better, faster, safer to drive up customer satisfaction and lower cost of service?
DevOps is a natural extension to any kind of methodology, because it brings principles and values for teams around cooperation, communication and knowledge sharing. So if we consider Agile or Lean as methods of software definition and delivery, then in addition, we can define a set of rules for team members around culture of work, which once applied, will enable ability to better, faster, more reliable delivery without overheads in resources or costs.
4) What are the key pieces of advice or encouragement you would give a devops change agent driving improvement?
The main thing is to share the knowledge or approach. Such agents shouldn't build a silo from which they are trying to manage the changes. It should be done through shared responsibilities and knowledge. If people know how to get things done and do it once, it's more likely that they will not wait for someone else to make the changes for them.
5) What metrics really matter when you are doing devops?
Time and quality of delivery (number of bugs).
Lukasz is a Quality Assurance manager at PGS Software, which works on cloud solution and influencing entire organisations through devops principles.
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