The tension between velocity and agility

There is a tension between the higher levels of velocity which are achieved by extreme standardization and pursuing the manufacturing perfection; versus the agility and improvement - the ability to learn, experiment, and change - which comes from retaining flexibility and variance.

Don't go DevOps with a big bang

When I see organisations move to agile ways of working using a big bang approach I always wonder to myself just how profound a grasp of Agile they have.

And when I hear analysts recommending such an approach it is hard to understand where they come from.

Project management was the worst thing that ever happened to IT

When we impose fixed time, money, and deliverables, which is the classic project management formula, then the only variable available to a project manager is the quality of the outputs.

DevOps offers hope for the future of IT

I was speaking with one of the leading thinkers in DevOps who had come back from the Gartner conference depressed by the lack of insight exhibited by those there who are supposedly the leaders of our industry, and contrasting it to the innovation and excitement of the DevOps Enterprise Summit.

Devops rediscovering service management

[updated 15th Nov] There was a lot of "Ding!Dong! The wicked ITIL is dead!" in DevOps and Agile, but finally the DevOps world seems to be rediscovering the value of ITSM knowledge, culture, and capabilities (and vice versa: a visible increase in influence of DevOps on ITSM). This will take you a couple of hours to work through if you watch all the videos, but please do.

DevOps messes with your head - reprised

Last year I wrote about how DevOps messes with your head, or as we say down here, it does yer head in.

In the interim I have been adding more examples to the presentation which I shared.

DevOps Configuration versus ITSM CMDB

Devops configuration tools means something quite different to ITIL configuration tools (cmdb).

This blog first gathered its following by saying that cmdb is an unhealthy aspiration for nearly all organisations.

DevOps isn't a tool to be applied selectively

Several times lately I've come across the idea that DevOps is a localised technique which can be used on one team or application, and not another. This isn't true. DevOps is a cultural transformation,a journey not a state or a tool. The primary goal of that transformation is to increase collaboration towards a common goal, to break down silos. A bi-modal model achieves the opposite.

DevOps Enterprise Summit: humane IT

Returning from DevOps Enterprise Summit in London, I'm reflecting on the experience.

My one big takeaway is that IT is finally a people industry. The talk is of happiness, safety, empowerment. Hippies like me feel at home again. Gene's passion is "humane IT" and it shows.

Kill the CAB

ImageRequiring permission from a Change Advisory Board after a change is complete is absurd. A system has to be broken to need any discussion by that stage. Fix the system and kill the CAB. Its possible.

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