devops

The future of DevOps

@theitskeptic: You #DevOps guys wait. 5 years max and you are for it: the same hype backlash #ITIL and #ITSM suffered http://t.co/IInFBQOajV

The applicability of factory-floor techniques to IT

In my review of The Phoenix Project I questioned the applicability of factory-floor techniques to IT. There is potential to be exploited there - hence I recommended everyone read the book - but we can go too far with the application of Lean, TQM, Six Sigma etc to IT. Manufacturing techniques are only partly applicable.

The UK Government reinvents ITSM

How exactly does the UK Government spend time and money building a "Government Service Design Manual" targeted at builders of the Gov.uk online services that only once mentions ITIL?

And how does Gov.uk think that essential public services like passports, BD&M, benefits, justice, citizenship and tax are going to run with "Resources for service managers" that barely summarise the syllabus of an ITIL Foundations course?

DevOps ideology and dangerous over-simplification, that's how.

What will affect the service desk over the next three years

Malcolm Fry asked me this question for his Session 602 The Service Desk: Past, Present & Future at the upcoming HDI conference in the USA. His question reminded me that I have been off in the philosophical never-never for too long. It is high time I got back to the bread-and-butter folks at the pointy front end of IT: the service desk team. So here are my thoughts on Malcolm's excellent question: What will affect the service desk over the next three years? Tweet this.
[Updated 25/2/13: added Bring Your own App and internal social media]

A quest for a unified theory of IT management is not a flag of ITSM surrender

Some folk have interpreted my last post on A unified theory of IT management as surrender to the DevOps movement: "OMG DevOps was right all along, what a fool I have been". Not at all. I'm saying both the DevOps and the ITSM communities need to move on and find something that works for everyone.

Kamu: a unified theory of IT management - reconciling DevOps and ITSM/ITIL

I know many in the DevOps community wrote me off as a lost cause, but brothers and sisters I have seen the light after reading this: On Antifragility in Systems and Organizational Architecture from Jez Humble. I pledge myself to spending 2013 [and 2014 and 2015] uniting the DevOps and ITSM communities. Tweet this.

Note to devops; smaller changes do not equate to less risk

To say smaller frequent changes are less risky is a dangerous fallacy. Tweet this

Botchagalupe is a devops believer

My e-friend and debate sparring partner John M Willis, also known as Botchagalupe, provided the soundtrack for a Rambling Kid Realitsm song for me. Now he sings out for DevOps with this great song "I heard DevOps"

DevOps and ITIL

Recently I had a few things to say about DevOps. In a nutshell, DevOps is a niche approach to service design and delivery, which won't have much impact in the near future on traditional Operations of core systems. The concept of better integration between Dev and Ops is good, but the cultural issues and most of all the risks speak against it. And the way some people interpret it is downright dangerous. Now I want to zoom in to look at the relationship between DevOps and ITIL.

DevOps and traditional ITSM - why DevOps won't change the world any time soon

In which we discuss DevOps: the threat it presents to successful IT service delivery, and why I think DevOps will be a niche novelty for a while yet.

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