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How to initiate a DevOps Transformation (Video)

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Here is the full 30-minute video from the keynote I did at DevOps Days Mountain View 2013.

This talk address the single most common question I get asked:

“DevOps sounds great… but how do I go about introducing DevOps to my company?”

Which is usually followed by one or more of the following frustrated statements:

“My managers don’t get it”
“The Dev group won’t talk to me”
“The Ops group won’t talk to me”
“QA says I’m dangerous”
“I don’t know where to start”
“People say they are too busy getting real work done”
“Help! My boss told me to buy DevOps by next quarter or else”
“Everyone just argues about tools”

In this talk I give a condensed walk through of a 3 step process that we’ve found to work (who doesn’t love a 3 step process, right?):

1. Build the “why?” (the business case)
2. Build organizational alignment (the trickiest part… but there is another 5 step “workshop” process just for this!)
3. Continuous improvement loops (think: PDCA or Deming/Shewhart Cycles)

The process incorporates everything you would expect from a DevOps transformation (Lean and Systems Thinking, Value Stream Mapping, Waste Analysis, The 3 Ways, Silo busting, etc.) but it does so in a practical and approachable manner. You can even avoid using the word “DevOps” if it’s too politically charged in your organization.

This forms the core of what we do at DTO Solutions does with our DevOps Workshops (or “Service Delivery Workshops” for a non DevOps name). Through that work we’ve been fortunate enough to see this process in action at many different sizes and types of companies. But that being said, I’m always interested in more feedback and new ideas!

 



 

 

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John Willis Notes Notable DevOps Culture Traits

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Damon Edwards / 

This is a great presentation by John Willis at the SVDevOps Meetup back in April. John discusses the various interesting trends and traits he is seeing in the industry. From Deming to CAMS to GitHub to Etsy… John, as he always does, paints an interesting picture of the roots of DevOps and successful DevOps cultures.

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Will Sterling presentation on Rundeck at the April CLUE Meeting (Video)

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Rundeck community member Will Sterling (from Datalogix) did a great presentation introducing Rundeck to the Colorado Linux Users and Enthusiasts meeting in Denver.

Alex Honor posted a helpful writeup on rundeck.org:

If you are new to Rundeck, watch Will Sterling give an introduction to what Rundeck can do and how he uses it to automate work at DataLogix.

Here are some notable quotes:

  • “Multi-tentant command orchestration and process automation with WebGUI, CLI, and RESTful API.”
  • “Target nodes with rich metadata. Never use hostnames again.”
  • “Process automation via multi-step jobs…Options allow users to pick one or more values.”
  • “Rundeck makes everything in the GUI available through the API.”

Besides showing off the basics, Will opened up Eclipse to step through ruby code that talks to Puppet to communicate node information to Rundeck. His code only includes nodes he can ping and have a certain class.

Will also showed off how he uses resty as nice shell based way to access the Rundeck API.

 

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Defining and Improving DevOps Culture (Videos)

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Damon Edwards / 

Culture. It’s the most mentioned and the most ignored part of the DevOps conversation.

Lots of lip service has been paid to the importance of culture (“It all starts with culture”, “DevOps is a cultural and professional movement”, “Culture over tools”, etc..). But just as fast as everyone agrees that culture is supreme, the conversation turns straight to tools, tools, and more tools.

Recently, John Willis, my fellow dev2ops.org contributor and DevOps Cookbook co-author, let this tweet fly:

John has been as big of a culture warrior as anyone — constantly fighting to elevate the importance of and the discussion around DevOps Culture. He later said that this tweet was part exasperation and part challenge.

It was obvious to John that the difference between high performing and low performing companies was their DevOps culture, not the tools. But rather than be satisfied by the default explanation of DevOps Culture maturity being either that a company “gets it” or “doesn’t get it”, John was challenging the community to dive deeper into the issue.

During the week of Velocity London and DevOps Days Rome, there were finally some presentations that answered that call and were all about the culture. I did a presentation on defining DevOps Culture and what high performing companies do to reinforce it (based on the work of DTO Solutions). Michael Rembetsy and Patrick McDonnell gave a great peek behind the scenes of Etsy’s transformation to a company with a fast moving and high performing culture. Mark Burgess (CFengine) gave an interesting talk on the importance of, and science behind, relationships.


(slides were updated after the presentation)

 

 

(when you watch Mark’s video you will understand why there are no slides posted here!)

Update: John Willis knocks it out of the park talking about the importance of culture and the classic influence of Deming on this recent episode of the Food Fight Show.

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Using Rundeck and Chef to Build DevOps Toolchains at #ChefConf 2012

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I presented at #ChefConf 2012 in Burlingame last Thursday on using Rundeck and Chef to Build DevOps toolchains.

The heart of the presentation was a demonstration of continuous build and deployment showing Adam Jacob’s chef-rundeck plugin working as a Rundeck resource model source (node provider) and jobs using knife and the Chef server API to manage databag-based application configuration.

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DevOps Days Mountain View 2011: Ignite Talks!!! (Video)

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Damon Edwards / 

A great lineup of Ignite style lightning talks at DevOps Days Mountain View 2011.

Wesley Beary (Engine Yard)
Michael Nygard (N6 Consulting / Author of “Release It!”)
David Lutz (@dlutzy)
Stephen Nelson-Smith (Atalanta Systems / @LordCope)
Dominica DeGrandis (David J Anderson & Associates)
Jordan Sissel (Loggly/Logstash)
Gene Kim (Author of “Visible Ops” / @realgenekim)

See all videos from DevOps Days Mountain View 2011

DevOps Days Mountain View:
http://devopsdays.org/events/2011-mountainview/

Special thanks to LinkedIn for hosting DevOps Days Mountain View 2011.

Also, thank you to the sponsors:
AppDynamics  DTO Solutions  Google  MaestroDev  New Relic  Nolio
O’Reilly Media  PagerDuty  Puppet Labs  Reactor8  Splunk  StreamStep
ThoughtWorks  Usenix

 

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