DevOpsDC Presentation Resources

I delivered a presentation entitled “Tactics to Kickstart Your Journey Toward DevOps” to a great group of DevOpers at the DevOpsDC meetup on September 15, 2015. Thanks for hosting us, LearningObjects, and for the food and beer, Chef and New Relic. As a follow-up, I wanted to provide some resources I mentioned during my talk.

  1. My slides. They’re picture-heavy, but the slide titles should help you figure out what the point is.
  2. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you don’t look at any other resources on this list, at least look at this one. I’ve read it twice and I never read books twice. In my opinion, it’s the single best DevOps change management tool available.
  3. Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation. My second favorite DevOps book (so far). This book provides a great picture of what needs to happen when moving to continuous delivery within an organization.
  4. My blog post on empathy. I mentioned a number of times how important empathy is to successful change efforts. I don’t think you can deal with people effectively without it. And, yes, I’m constantly trying to build my own empathy muscles.
  5. My blog post on fear and DevOps. Fear is a motivator. It’s also a paralyzer. DevOps eliminates that paralyzing fear so you can confidently move fast and do bold things that help your organization win.
  6. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. I had this book recommended to me after the talk. Thanks, @galen_emery. The book provides a recipe for leaders to effect change. Check out this video to see what the book is about.

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