Do you know what DevOps really means? This week, Alan Koch explains what DevOps is and isn't to the Agile movement, debunking some common misconceptions and offering a backgrounder in the Three Ways of DevOps and the critical importance of automation. And while it's not exactly automatic, we suggest five tools that can help you streamline and verify your project information.
What DevOps Is and Is Not
by Alan Koch
DevOps is not easy to define. This is true for a couple of reasons. First, because what it looks like and how it works look different from the different perspectives of the various roles in IT. DevOps affects everyone in IT, but it affects each role in different ways producing different descriptions. It is also difficult to define because there are so many misperceptions about it. So before we try to define DevOps, let's take a few minutes to shoot down the most common misperceptions.
Alan provides a helpful backgrounder for DevOps and its Three Ways »
- Achieving the Unachievable - Practical suggestions for keeping the business and IT teams on speaking terms during critical automation efforts.
- Also, see Alan Zucker's recent blog on Making Sense of Agile.
- For a more detailed look at DevOps, watch for Alan's webinars in March and April on the ASPE website.
From the Blogs
It's Not About Happiness by Chris Cook
If you can enjoy your work, of course that's great. But Chris Cook argues that's not necessarily the point. Can you find the beauty in the struggle?
Making Sense of Agile by Alan Zucker
Alan Zucker explores some of the new terms and practices associated with Agile, including Kanban, BDD, and DevOps.
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