Ranger4 DevOps Blog

DevOps and Frictionfree Change

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 14:09 PM

We spend a lot of time talking about change at Ranger4, as you may well imagine, in the context of DevOps. We talk about:

  • Increasing throughput and quality simultaneously as a key DevOps goal
  • Where Change Approval Boards are a key bottleneck (The Theory of Constraints and The First Way: Flow) - particularly when we are Value Stream Mapping
  • What DevOps Target Operating Models look like and how peer-review change works, and what Change Management roles look like

I've been sharing this article, Change Goes Away, a lot in the DevOps Foundation courses we have been delivering in recent months. I love it partly because it's so crisply written but mainly because it's by Rob England, a self-styled IT Skeptic, and who has a primarily IT Operations background. This last part is particularly important since it's often the dev people who want to do away with change, and the IT ops people who want to retain the governance that change management policies and procedures bring - so to have an IT ops person to be such a strong proponent of change changing (!) like this really supports what DevOps is doing here. And gives solid advice on how to manage this potential conflict, together.

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, Change Management

8 Correlations Between DevOps and Holacracy

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 @ 13:07 PM

We were at DOES (the DevOps Enterprise Summit) last week in London and it was no surprise to hear many of the speakers cite culture as a cornerstone of change in their devops journeys. Jonathan Smart of Barclays had a stand out slide in his keynote presentation that simply said: "Culture is HUGE". In the years that we have been using devops principles to drive transformation in the organisations we work with, it's something we've heard over and over again and we have developed tools and practices to help tackle what is commonly seen as the trickiest devops angle to address. That's why we chose to speak about the correlations between devops and Holacracy at the event, and were delighted to be joined by our customer LEGO who also shared their thoughts and experiences on their devops journey through this lens. In this blog post I'm going to pinpoint 8 areas of principle Holacracy and devops share as outlined in our talk.

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, DevOps, holacracy

DevOps Patterns: Part 1 - Organisational

Posted by Helen Beal on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 15:01 PM

Welcome to the first of a three part blog series addressing DevOps Patterns. In the first, I'll tackle patterns we observe from an organisational point of view. At Ranger4, when we study DevOps in the field, we do it from three perspectives:

  1. Organisational
  2. Interactions
  3. Automation

The next two blog posts in the series then will address interaction and then automation patterns. You may recognise this as an evolution of the People > Process > Tools mantra widely recognised when considering the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) for many years.

If you're very new to DevOps, you might want to start by reading my previous blog post "What's Different About DevOps" where I consider why the term has gained such currency in today's market.

DevOps is a Grassroots Movement

Most organisations we work with are not DevOps 'unicorns' - they are enterprises with decades of operational, organisational and infrastructure heritage. And there is a common organisational pattern in traditional IT as you can see in the diagram below; two main silos of development and operations and then within each team additional silos - particularly when development are developing in a waterfall manner.

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, devops organisational change, DevOps Transformation

10 Top Tips for DevOps Cultural Change

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

DevOps is commonly recognised to be primarily about creating a culture of effective and seamless collaboration but this is often the hardest piece to enact when it involves changing an existing culture (as opposed to creating a culture from scratch in a startup type environment and having the luxury of hiring individuals with certain mindsets and defining working practices from day one). So how can you change culture? Here are our top ten tips:

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, Enterprise DevOps, DevOps

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Enterprises: Creating DevOps Cultures

Posted by Pinak Vedalankar on Thu, May 8, 2014 @ 13:05 PM

 *This is a Ranger4 Guest Blog from Pinak Vedalankar of Sapient -

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, DevOps

Enterprise DevOps: The Three H's

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Sure, there are examples of killer companies that are already DevOps Happy - but most of them were born that way. The Googles, Amazons, Facebooks, eBays and Etsys of the world were lucky to start their businesses at a time when they could build the technology in from day one. Other enterprises though have business models that didn’t start out being internet companies, even though they may be increasingly evolving that way.

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, DevOps Maturity, Enterprise DevOps

Measuring Your DevOps Success

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 15:03 PM

A survey from the Vanson Bourne market research agency (with CA) late in 2013 indicated that 39% of those surveyed had adopted some form of DevOps and 27% were planning to do so in the near future. Despite this being such a hot topic in the IT sector, and with a high level of take up, the question we are still most commonly asked is: “Where do we start?”

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, DevOps Maturity

7 Habits of Highly Effective Continuous Delivery Experts

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 17:03 PM

The most common desired future state we see when our customers undertake our DevOps Maturity Assessment is one of Continuous Delivery (CD). With applications becoming increasingly critical to organizations' competitive success it's no longer enough to just be Agile; innovation has to get to market as fast as possible and this demands the entire software development and deployment life-cycle be optimized and automated appropriately, with constraints and bottlenecks removed.

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, DevOps Maturity, continuous delivery