DevOps Cardiff Meetup is Launched!

If you want to deliver better software faster, and live in or close to Cardiff, Wales – then this group is for you!

A chance to exchange some of the latest ideas and technologies for implementing Continuous Delivery, Automation and DevOps practices through short presentations by invited speakers, and a chance to chat it after over drinks/snacks with new friends.

This event was created with the intention of uncovering betters ways of interacting between development and operations, by doing it and helping others do it.

Our aims are simple;

1. Demonstrate tools, techniques and practices we use to bridge the gap between software development and IT groups they rely upon.

2. Facilitate discussion on DevOps successes and challenges.

3. Explore, experiment and learn new and better ways of practicing DevOps.

Come and join us and help create more awesome!

DevOps Cardiff

Cardiff, GB
19 Members

If you’re a Developer or Operations person in the Cardiff Area and wanting to deliver better software faster, then this group is for you!A chance to exchange some of the late…

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Inaugural DevOps Meetup

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:30 PM
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#DevOps. Big in Japan. Apparently. The rise of #DevOps

DevOps is “Big in Japan“, apparently, or so it would seem from Google Trends!

I was reading an article on Mashable on “cool Google tools” and decided to have a play on Google Trends researching DevOps versus other trends (namely “Agile Development” and “continuous delivery”).

The graph below shows some interesting trends:

  1. The DevOps search term has exploded since 2010 to almost be as popular search term as “agile development”
  2. The popularity literally nearly went vertical in early 2013
  3. The rise is probably slightly steeper that the rise for “agile development” in the 2005-2006 period but generally shows some similarities in virality (based upon my Mark 1 eyeball interpretation of the graphs, if there are any statisticians out there that can be more accurate feel free!)
  4. “continuous delivery” is a laggard in comparison?
  5. DevOps is most popular in… Japan! (DevOpsGuys blog was actually being translated into Japanese at one point, not sure if that’s still happening or not).

Graph showing rise of DevOps world wide in Google Trends

DevOps is big in Japan?

Dzone Guide to Continuous Delivery from @AgileSteveSmith & @Matthewpskelton

Our good friends and organisers of PipelineConf @AgileSteveSmith and @Matthewpskelton have contributed to the DZone Guide to Continuous Delivery.

The guide covers:

  1. SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS
  2. KEY RESEARCH FINDINGS
  3. INTRODUCING: CONTINUOUS DELIVERY BY STEVE SMITH
  4. CONTINUOUS DELIVERY PITFALLS BY J. PAUL REED
  5. THE CONTINUOUS DELIVERY TOOLCHAIN BY MATTHEW SKELTON
  6. CONTINUOUS DELIVERY VISUALIZED
  7. INFRASTRUCTURE AS CODE: WHEN AUTOMATION ISN’T ENOUGH BY MITCH PRONSCHINSKE
  8. CONTINUOUS DELIVERY MATURITY CHECKLIST

Dzone 2014 CD guideWell worth a read!

 

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The secret of #DevOps success isn’t in the IT literature (yet)!

Can you find “DevOps Success” by reading only IT literature?

The answer is “mostly No, but a little bit Yes”, for a number of reasons.

The main reason is that many of the blogs, whitepapers and webinars around DevOps are ultimately about technology and toolchains. Whilst they might reference the DevOps C.A.L.M.S model in passing the conversation is generally focussed on the A for Automation and the M for Metrics.

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The seminal Phoenix Project did talk about organisational culture as did Mandi Wall’s O’Reilly ebook on Building a DevOps Culture.

But what both of those books have in common is that they drew extensively from non-IT business literature.

Goldratt’s “The Goal” & TOC, Systems Thinking, Lean manufacturing, Deming and Kanban being major influences on the Phoenix project, and Mandi’s e-book drawing on business-centric cultural/organisational change literature.

“Searching on the Harvard Business Review website for “cultural change” will get you 60+ publications going back nearly 30 years” – Mandi Walls

“Lean Manufacturing”, “Strategic Alignment”, “Organisational Change”, “Culture”, “Business Transformation” and many other topics have been staples of the MBA curriculum in business schools for many years and there is a wealth of resources available online to explore. Reading beyond the IT literature and exploring the wider business context for your DevOps Transformation will, we believe, significantly increase your chances of getting business buy-in and having a successful outcome to your DevOps change programme.

In order to make this easier for you we (@DevOpsGuys) will be publishing a weekly blog post exploring an area of business literature and how it can be used in DevOps.

We’re call it the #DevOpsMBA :-)

So please subscribe to our blog (link on right), follow us on Twitter or search for the #DevOpsMBA hashtag on Twitter to keep informed!

What does DevOps look like in UK job ads

#DevOps – Organic versus Transformational DevOps

Despite what some people seem to think there is more to DevOps than just Continuous Delivery and Infrastructure Automation with Puppet, Chef or Ansible.

To me, DevOps is “an alternative model for the creation of business value from the software development life-cycle that encompasses a product-centric view across the entire product life-cycle (from inception to retirement) and recognises the value in close collaboration, experimentation and rapid feedback”.

Moving from one model of value creation can either be an organic process or a transformational one – you can “grow into” the new model or you can plan a strategy of change to transform your organisation from one to the other.

It’s in this “Organic DevOps” versus “Transformational DevOps” that I see a growing disconnect between different sectors of the DevOps community, particularly between “DevOps for Start-ups” and “DevOps for Enterprise”.

IMHO, “Start-Ups DevOps” normally follows the “organic DevOps” path – you’re often starting from a relatively “greenfields” approach based on a cloud infrastructure. You probably already have a very close, collaborative culture because there’s only 20 of you anyway and you all work in the same office and you spend 18hrs a day there. Automation is part of your DNA because you’ve never had the staffing levels to do it manually.

“Enterprise DevOps” is normally “Transformational DevOps” – you have large, distributed IT teams that cross geographic locations, time-zones and probably organisational boundaries (due to outsourcing). You have extensive legacy applications and infrastructure estates (JVM 1.4 on Tomcat 5 anyone?) and you’re likely to have well developed Prince2/ITIL/SixSigma delivery models rigidly enforced by a centralised command&control mindset, backed by an army of highly-paid consultant from the Big 5 telling your CEO, CIO and CTO the best way to manage their IT budget.

Moving an enterprise to DevOps via a transformation programme is a very different challenge to introducing DevOps concepts into a receptive start-up and watching them grow organically, and the DevOps community needs to make sure that when it’s evangelising DevOps to the world that it’s aware of the differences and challenges inherent in each approach.

If you want to debate this idea of “Start-up Organic versus Enterprise Transformational DevOps” we’re taking part in a Webinar tonight with the great folks over at ScriptRock that’s focussing on Enterprise DevOps. It’s at 1900 BST,  11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET (60 minutes).

We’d really like to get your thoughts on this by asking a question on the webinar or by leaving a comment below as these concepts are still experimental and, just like DevOps itself, the faster we get feedback and the more we iterate around the concept the stronger it will be!

http://info.scriptrock.com/devops_webinar-2

Enterprise DevOps Webinar
Enterprise DevOps Webinar

 

 

Why companies are investing in DevOps and Continuous Delivery

A thought-provoking infographic – with some interesting data points – shows how companies are reaping real rewards from investing in agile software delivery processes. Check out the graphic – from Zend – for more on how DevOps and Continuous Delivery are bridging the speed and innovation gap between business demand and IT.

Continuous Delivery Infographic by Zend Technologies.

Continuous Delivery Infographic

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