devops

The lizard brain

The lizard brain is a colloquial term for the most basic parts of your brain.
We are primal animals. We dont interact with machines in the same way as we interact with humans.

Move from change control to change facilitation

ITSM Review quoted me from Pink16 as saying
"Change Management needs to move from Change control to Change facilitation”.
This is referring of course to IT operational Change Management.

A client challenged me as to how.
My answer: One Principle - Shift Left.

You can't improve a cog

I was advising somebody who had been tasked with improving a single process. I said that without a systemic improvement of all the processes and the technologies and the people around it, trying to improve one process is like trying to improve one cog in the machine.

The IT engineering fallacy

There are some fundamental fallacies which have misled IT in the past and one of them is "the engineering fallacy", the false belief that we build IT systems like engineers build bridges.

Axelos are the Official source of DevOps now?

Imagine my surprise to discover at the recent DevOps Enterprise Summit conference that Axelos are now the official source of DevOps.
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Get out of the way

A basic principle of DevOps is for "Necessary Non-Value Work" to get out of the way of Value Work.
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In the Require-to-Deploy value stream, this NNVW includes

  • security
  • architecture

Railroads don't have a batch size of 1

Lean theory tells us that the optimal batch size is 1 [update: no it doesn't. Optimal batch size is often 1, especially in a manufacturing context.]
i.e. we perform each unit of work on demand and it flows independently through the value stream.
Certainly that is the case when you order one of my books which are printed on demand individually and posted directly to you.
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I am still learning about systems and flow. Some of you will know that I am a train nut: I like railways. So it puzzled me to read an article recently in Trains magazine about the trend to larger trains, which have increased by a factor of 100 over the last 150 years.

Great DevOps articles

Nobody reads books any more. They come thick and fast, and few of us have the time or the attention span.

So forget my post on great DevOps books to read and enjoy this one on seminal DevOps articles and posts. Never mind the meat and vegetables, have some snacks.

Describe DevOps with CALMS, or I prefer CAFFS

A common acronym used to describe DevOps is CALMS: Culture, Automation, Lean thinking, Measurement, Sharing. Or I prefer CAFFS...

Two kinds of DevOps: horses don't grow horns

© Copyright canstockphoto.comThe DevOps principles apply to horses and unicorns, but we act on them in different ways, even for different goals.

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