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.

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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

Total 90mins

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

Learning Outcome

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.

Target Audience

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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