Devops = Culture + Ownership + Empowerment
The three spheres of a DevOps adoption being Culture, Processes and Tools are fundamental to any organisation. The focus on tools often supersedes any work being done at the process levels and almost always, the culture aspect is 'ignored'. Through my years of helping teams adopt agile and eventually pursue DevOps, I've identified certain patterns that address the varying levels of change that are needed by a team pursuing Agile Ways of Work.
In this talk, I'll highlight the most important patterns that are needed along with suggestions to help embed these patterns. We'll utilise Value Stream Mapping, A4 Problem Solving and Team Skill Coaching as patterns for helping a team adopt DevOps thinking. I will be using the DevOps radar (from SAFe) as a guidepost for patterns to get an organisation moving towards the promised land.
Whilst there isn't an 'endpoint' for a DevOps adoption, these patterns reflect milestones on a DevOps transformation roadmap and serve as a possible ‘quick start’.
NOTE: This is not. A SAFe pitch or SAFe sales workshop. The DevOps radar can be used, regardless of the presence of SAFe.
Outline/Structure of the Workshop
In this talk, I’ll be using the DevOps Radar to illustrate the different competencies in the organisations that need alignment in order to realise the benefits of DevOps. The radar and patterns also illustrate that DevOps is NOT an ‘IT’ thing or a ‘tech problem’, instead it’s an Enterprise endeavour.
The coaching patterns are based on work done at various clients and my interactions with numerous teams of different maturity, backgrounds and tech stacks. These coaching patterns have helped develop a new model, called the Agility Behaviour Model, which will be used to tie Actions, Experiences, Behaviours and Culture together.
Duration Topic Description
1m – About Me
5m – What is DevOps
3m – Three states of an enterprise
2m - Finding Agility
2m - Intro to the Behaviour Model
2m - Focus area for today - DevOps
2m - Pattern for Culture
5m - Value Streams
13m - Value Stream exercise + sample solution
2m - Patter for Ownership
3m - A4 Planning
13m - A4 Planning exercise + sample solution
2m - Pattern for Empowerment
4m - Assembling DevOps teams
4m - DevOps Health radar
10m - Team Coaching Grid
2m - Pattern for T-Shaped teams
3m - Key take-aways
10m - Q&A
1m - Credits
This session was presented at Agile2019 (Washington) and received an average feedback rating of 3.9. The comments from that session will be incorporated into the updated version for AgileIndia2020
1. Identify the three spheres of DevOps and assess where the most difficult work is to be found.
2. Understand the patterns that can help and their suggested application.
3. Understand the core skills/capabilities of a DevOps team.
Leaders, Senior Managers, Technical team members, Change managers
Prerequisites for Attendees
No prerequisites but a basic understanding of Agile concepts would be helpful
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