After the enigmatic title of «What is DevOps 101«, Antonio Peña of Madrid DevOps group motivated us to overcome the easy magnetism of tools, connecting with the best superconductor: culture.
The session was presented as initiatory, in the image of the American introductory courses, the "101". Thus, looking for the bases, incidence was made in the importance of forming your own opinion. How? knowing the point of view of reference technicians such as Seth vargo o Katherine daniels and testing, doing, sharing.
Various voices warn of the risk of turning DevOps into a "buzzword", losing its essence by trying to consolidate its opportunity to occupy a place in the Olympus of technology and, above all, in the commercial pie. I share Antonio's recommendation for the article by Baron schwartz: "The DevOps identity crisis»And for Katherine's video: DevOps Is Dead (Long Live DevOps) »(20 min., English)
Still the community concerned is informal, with no clear leaders, methodologies, or creeds. As it says Baron schwartz in the lead of his article: «The why DevOps he needs a manifesto after all, although he may never get one. '
For example, Seth has chosen to write a list with 10 myths about DevOps, I copy the tenth:
«Myth # 10 - DevOps is just a fad like« Agile »or« mainframes »
Unlike Agile or mainframes, DevOps is not a development methodology or technology; DevOps is an ideology. Is it a way to facilitate organizational prosperity and growth while increasing each individual employee's happiness along the way. I do not know about you, but that sounds pretty sweet to me. I hope DevOps is not a fad. »
For her part, Katherine insists on importance of empathy and responsibility as drivers, in the importance of achieving results and in the need to subjugate the tools to the culture of Software Quality. It advocates evolution before revolution.
But you don't have to go that far. In question time, the people from Tuenti (What a great host!) He told us about his journey to make DevOps activity a natural part of the process of creating a product, delivering value. After two and a half years, now they don't need «get down to DevOps«. They have achieved it by taking small steps, with small victories and small defeats. Your password? «Our key has been to have a team dedicated to creating the culture and supplying / facilitating the tools for the deployment of their work (enablers) to the product teams. For each development team to face the deployment on their own and with its mechanisms is very inefficient«. Thanks.
Then, What is DevOps? Are you asking me that? DevOps… it's you… and you, and you. We are talking about communicating and collaborating for a common goal, sharing the culture of prioritizing value for the customer, applying empathy and responsibility, breaking down functional silos (also known as nests of excuses), preserving the profitability of companies, speak without hiding the problems ... to find solutions.
Finally, we want to thank the hardworking organizers of the group Madrid DevOps his tenacity and Antonio, in particular, his firm conviction in getting rich by sharing :-). You can check his presentation of support in this session at Madriddevops-january-2015-meeting.
What is DevOps your treasure or everyone's?