Top 5 Insights from the 2015 State of DevOps Report

If you haven’t read the 2015 State of DevOps Report (or the 2014 version, for that matter), you’re doing yourself a disservice. I’m putting this report on my DevOps “must read” list, right along with The Phoenix Project and Continuous Delivery books. The report is one of the few things I’ve found about DevOps that consistently gets people’s attention — even if they’re not familiar with DevOps. The results and the research are that remarkable.

I wrote about the top 5 insights I had from the 2015 State of DevOps Report on Excella’s blog. Check it out and let me know what you think.

DC Continuous Delivery Presentation Resources

I delivered a presentation entitled “Tactics To Kickstart Your Journey Toward Continuous Delivery” to an awesome group of attendees at the DC Continuous Delivery meetup on August 25, 2015. The back-and-forth was fantastic! That’s probably why I kept going for 90 minutes (sorry if you attended and had plans I impinged on). As a follow-up, I wanted to provide some resources I mentioned during my talk.

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Empathy: The DevOps Secret Weapon

Over the last year or two, I have often heard a word used in the DevOps community not usually uttered in IT circles. In fact, outside of the psychology and counseling communities, I don’t hear the word much at all. That word is “empathy”. And the more I learn about DevOps, the more I believe empathy may be the single best tool there is for building bridges and collaboration across boundaries — job #1 when considering a move to DevOps. Using empathy is better than any process, organizational redesign, or automation initiative. Empathy has tremendous power to improve any relationship that matters to you — personal and professional. Whether you’re Dev working with Ops, Ops working with Dev, IT with “the business”, or a parent with your child, everything seems to work better with a healthy dose of empathy thrown into the mix.
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3 Tips When You’re Struggling With DevOps

You’ve started down the road of a DevOps transformation, but you’re struggling on the journey. You might not be improving the performance of your teams and organization like you had hoped. You’re probably wondering why and, more importantly, how to get back on track. DevOps transformations are hard. If they were easy, everybody would have already gone through them.

Here are a few tips you can use to get things moving more quickly in the right direction.
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3 Risks of Not Enough Time or Money for DevOps Transformations

The DevOps movement is taking off and many organizations are embarking on their own DevOps transformation. Just look at the talks from the DevOps Enterprise Summit and the latest State of DevOps Report for evidence of this. I’ve had people ask me, “What happens if I don’t devote enough time and money to our DevOps transformation?” Great question. We’re asked to justify budgets and priorities all the time so we need to have good answers. I’ll give you a few answers that might resonate with you.

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