It takes time and patience to transition from one orthodoxy to another. Which is why many organizations are suffering from ‘agile fatique’, because of how it’s being applied, not because the pholosophy is without merit. DevOps is at a critical crossroads, and to not lead to the road where this fatique may occur, it is time to go back to the basics.
By James Head, CEO of Rebellion Consulting | TechBeacon
You will encounter many dead ends and wrong turns on the way, but you need to understand that your audience consists of intelligent, experienced, and very capable knowledge workers. They need your support, education, patience, and understanding as they adjust to new methods and practices.
Beware of one-size-fits-all solutions, and keep these other points in mind as you move forward with DevOps.
DevOps as a philosophy and culture is at a crossroads. You don’t need to look far to see where DevOps might ultimately be heading. It risks becoming another prescribed religion that must not be questioned.
Two of the main culprits are large consultancies and certification factories producing one-size-fits-all, top-down “agile transformations.” These apply a prescriptive form of meaningless agile ceremonies and practices while losing sight of the underlying intent for agile.
Other culprits are well-meaning but ill-informed agile coaches or leaders who claim to be all-knowing but lack any pragmatism or understanding of what being agile even means. I fear that DevOps could be next.
It’s time to rein in the DevOps dogma and go back to basics.
- Systems thinking
Systems thinking emphasizes the importance of the whole and of breaking down functional and team silos. The goal is to increase flow of value from idea through to the end customer, and how you might reduce handoffs, queues of work, sign offs/ hand offs.
Here you want to create true end-to-end teams that are given both the autonomy and appropriate guardrails to be able to create value for the end customer with little or no intervention from any other party.
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