In this 7 part blog series surrounding the DevOps culture, Adrian Cho (Program Director, Continuous Delivery Evangelist, and Author of The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility) tackles some of the less tangible issues as they relate to the connection between delivery logistics, development culture, and continuous delivery.
DevOps Culture – Retrospectives and continuous improvement: In the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) project we have declared three imperatives for improvement in order to increase our agility with a goal of continuous delivery: culture, process, and tools. Of these three things, culture is, in my opinion, the most difficult thing to change because it’s less tangible than processes and tools and because culture is often deeply ingrained in an organization and a team. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Enabling continuous improvement with IBM’s DevOps Maturity Model and Rational Team Concert: In my last post about retrospectives I discussed the way we have been tracking pain points and associated improvement actions to address those pain points. In this post I want to discuss how we’ve taken this even further by using Rational Team Concert to help track our continuous improvement and how we’re using IBM’s DevOps Maturity Model. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Increasing shared awareness: The ability of any team to execute with agility is predicated on a shared awareness of important team elements such as the team’s strategy, plans, and current status. A measure of shared awareness is easily gained when team members work alongside one another. You can’t help but notice what your teammate is doing when she is sitting right next to you or in the same room and that can be invaluable if you are working together. However, when teams are spread across physical locations and time-zones, a more conscious effort must be made to create shared awareness. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Teaming up: In a previous post Sreerupa Sen wrote about run teams and feature teams and how they are helping to make our continuous delivery successful. I want to expand on that in this post and talk a bit about the culture that enables such fluid organizational constructs to work successfully. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Managing friction: In a previous post about retrospectives and continuous improvement I described how we track “pain points” which are issues that block or hinder our ability to develop a specific development capability. Another way to think of pain points is that they are sources of friction. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Building robust teams: When it comes to managing projects and teams, the natural inclination for many people is to try to predict and control everything while taking comfort in tools and technology and processes and practices. This happens frequently in software development despite the fact that other, far more mature, domains learned long ago that this approach doesn’t work, especially in a world of constant change. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Thriving at the edge of chaos: In my previous post on building robust teams, I mentioned the need to have some people in a team with an appetite for risk and some who are risk-averse. Some people take risks because they are too inexperienced to know better but some experienced people know that it’s important to take risks. [Read More...]