I read this article from Jen Krieger for Coffee Shop DevOps that I felt really made some interesting points about starting out with DevOps, discussing the importance of communication, offering media suggestions, and addressing the important question of “what do we do now?”
One of the biggest problems that can occur on a DevOps team is a lack of communication. All it takes is a miscommunication to create a breakdown in progress and process. It is therefore crucial to build a common language with your coworkers. A great way that she mentions is by reading a book or article, listening to a podcast, or watching an informative video to start talking from a neutral place. Your team can discuss their views and ideas, getting on the same page and creating an overall agreement.
The following books can be used as great starting points:
- The Pheonix Project, by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford, is an easy read and follows the storyline that many technologists can relate to. It is an iconic book and a great read.
- Leading and Transforming: Applying Agile and DevOps Principles at Scale, by Gary Gruyer and Tommy Mouser, follows the authors’ journey to Continuous Delivery and DevOps on the HP LaserJet product line. It’s slightly over 100 pages and includes practical examples for handling the concepts of Agile and DevOps at large organizations.
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek, stresses the importance of starting with the ‘why,’ which leads to the ‘how’ and what. Simon Sinek also has a Ted Talk called Start with Why that is fascinating.
The following podcasts are great to listen to while you drive or whenever you have some time.
- The Ship Show, a bimonthly podcast about release engineering that is hosted by J.Paul Reed, Youssuf ElKalay, EJ Ciramella, Seth Thomas, Sascha Bates, Pete Cheslock, J. Michael McGarr, and Katherine Daniels. She specifically liked episodes The DevOps Checklist Manifesto, The Epistemology of DevOps, and Extinguishing Burnout.
- DevOps Café, a monthly podcast, hosted by Damon Edwards and John Willis, interviews great people occupying the DevOPs space. She recommends episodes 61 and 65 specifically.
- Another great resource is a recent webinar we did with Forrester analyst Noel Yuhanna: DevOps Misconceptions and best practices.
So what do we do now?
Well, she suggests starting by asking yourself: “What is one thing, something that can fit into a few hours, that will make this situation better?”