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DevOps = DevOps Principles + DevOps Practices

Successful, long-lasting movement have a clear manifesto outlining goals and principles.   Many DevOps adopters may not be aware of the DevOps Manifesto (created by Jez Humble @jezhumble)  nor how successful DevOps requires keeping a clear focus on principles, practices, and value (instead of infrastructure tooling).

DevOps Principles

DevOps value is derived in the core principles that started the movement:

  • Iterative
  • Incremental
  • Continuous
  • Automated
  • Self-service
  • Collaborative
  • Holistic

Teams should analyze existing processes against the principles, and see where DevOps practices can add value.

DevOps Practices

A few identified DevOps practices include:

  • Self-service configuration
  • Automated provisioning
  • Continuous build
  • Continuous integration
  • Continuous delivery
  • Automated release management
  • Incremental testing

DevOps Tool Capabilities

As Mike (@madgreek65) and Abel (G+AbelAvram) mention, teams commonly focus on tools instead of value. DevOps friendly tooling delivers:

  • Self service project via project configuration portals
  • Policy configuration for Security, service levels, frameworks, usage, topology concerns
  • Automated platform provisioning via service tier templates, frameworks, and policy enforcement points (PEP)
  • Process automation with Continuous build, test, and deployment. Code promotion and synchronization across environments and servers
  • Dependency analysis and impact analysis

DevOps Value

For value metrics, break up DevOps goals into foundational, optimal, and transformational categories. For example,

Foundation

  • Time and effort to create new application environment
  • Time to redeploy application
  • Time to promote application into a new lifecycle phase

Optimize

  • Dynamically right-size infrastructure scale
  • Re-use existing platform services and business services from resource pool instead of re-building solution stack

Transformation

  • Time and effort required integrating business process, event processor – creating a complex app.
  • Time and effort required to apply policy across tenant(s)
  • Cost to operate application per user or transaction

Keep a DevOps Focus

So look beyond adding the cool ‘DevOps Engineer’ title and tool names (i.e. Puppet, Chef, Ansible, and Salt) onto your resume.   DevOps is about principles, practices, and creating a collaborative environment that improves software delivery and increases business value.   With good information readily available on the Web, and conference series (for example, DevOpDays ) focused on core DevOps principles and practices, you can stay tuned into the DevOps way of thinking!

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