JAX London Keynote

S is for Sharing tells the father of Devops, Patrick Debois

Chris Mayer

Patrick tells us of the importance of sharing within the Devops culture and how to go about implementing the concepts

The final keynote of JAX
was delivered by the Father of Devops, Patrick Debois
outlining the importance of Sharing within the Devops culture.

The methodology that take the Agile manifesto to the next level
has certainly garnered fans and critics in equal measure, but
Debois still believes that in some big companies “there’s still a
big divide between development and operations”.

Fortunately the Atlassian worker was on hand to offer “a vision
into the future” and insight into how to best implement just some
of the key Devops concept within even the most steadfast

The word “sharing” formed the basis of the presentation –
whether sharing the vision from all angles of the company (from
idea inception from the business right up to the user, with
developers and operations in the middle) or sharing tools, the
codebase and successes/failures. The collective spirit is crucial
to Devops.

Debois stated that identifying the bottlenecks throughout the
company (either through continuous delivery or monitoring and
metrics from the ops side) was the catalyst for seeing Devops’s
benefits. He even admitted that the Devops concept might seem
obvious, that two groups of people should fundamentally talk to
each other and not be siloed. 

He added: “You’re thinking this is so obvious but it’s not. It’s
like telling your children to brush their teeth – they know they
should do it, but you have to keep telling them.”

Whilst quickly covering Continuous Delivery (with an hat tip to
Thoughtworker Jez Humble), shared knowledge such as one ticketing
system and shared experience tools like Netflix’s random server
killer Chaos Monkey, Debois certainly provided a convincing case
for why we should all adopt some Devops principles whenever

He even offered views on how to extend beyond just Dev and Ops,
into the financial and HR areas of the business to get everyone
talking. One interesting note from the end from Debois was that the
trademarking of Devops was turned down, due to so many people
talking about it – no one could claim the sole rights to it. If
that doesn’t tell you how much Devops has permeated the enterprise,
then what does?

Check out
Patrick’s presentation on Slideshare
– well worth reading if
you need a hand getting started!

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