Matthew (Ford) Kern and Miko have both recently written posts on the topic "Agile is Dead". Matthew relates it to the saturation of agile consulting and the speed of hype cycles. Miko links it to a need to go faster than the approaches embodied in the agile movement and replace agile with DevOps.
Last week saw the first DevOps Days conference catering specifically to the enterprise world, in London. Talks ranged from re-thinking (traditional) management processes in a technology-disrupted world to facts and drivers of DevOps adoption by early adopters. The idea of bi-modal IT was also discussed throughout the conference, as well as need for better security and opinionated platforms.
InfoQ interviewed John Willis about what made him decide to talk about burnout, the possible effects of burnout for a person, how burnouts are impacting the software development industry, leading indicators of a potential burnout and how they can be used to prevent burnouts, and suggestions for dealing with mismatches between employees and organizations that can cause a burnout.
For an organization to be data-driven, it's not enough to just dump mountains of data. That data needs to be accurate and meaningful. Julianna Göbölös-Szabó, data engineer at Prezi shared how they improved the quality of its log data. Their solution involved moving from unstructured to structured data with a lightweight, contract-based approach to nudge all teams in the right direction.
At the recent devopsdays Amsterdam 2015, Patrick Roelke contended that monitoring still has lots of issues. Roelke believes that data science can help by eliminating static thresholds and coalescing information from various data sources into a single metric. The talk included a quick overview of monitoring tools that leverage data science: Kale, Bosun and AnomalyDetection.
David Mytton, CEO at Server Density, shared with the devopsdays Amsterdam 2015 crowd how they handle incidents and outages. The process is grounded on a key set of principles: frequent public updates; exhaustive logging of the response activities; team effort and effective escalation. Server Density draws a lot of inspiration from the aviation industry, renowned for its safety procedures.
DevOps Days Ljubljana 2015 took place on the 3rd and 4th April and talks covered the full CAMS spectrum: Culture, Automation, Measurement and Sharing.
Oliver Hankeln shares the anti-patterns he found for handling failure in organizations: hiding mistakes, engaging in blame game, the arc of escalation and cowardice. He then suggests corrective actions for each of them.
Rodoljub Petrović shares his lessons learned from growing engineering teams for years. If you want to change your organization's culture, take care of your hiring process and give it top priority. And follow these lessons.
DevOps Days has celebrated 5 years since the initial conference in Ghent in 2009. With events in Helsinki, Vancouver and Tel Aviv just in the month of November, the DevOps Days series has taken place across multiple cities all over the world in these 5 years. InfoQ talked to Patrick Debois and Kris Buytaert, part of the team that organized the first event 5 years ago.
Brian Troutwine presented about complex and real-time systems at DevOps Days Belgium, covering interactions between humans and machines, with examples of automation done right and wrong.
DevOps Days is being held in Ghent, Belgium, October 27 and 28, celebrating 5 years since the initial one in 2009. After the first day, this second day included talks by David Zwieback, Dave Mangot, and Brian Troutwine, as well as lightning talks and open spaces.
DevOps Days is being held in Ghent, Belgium, October 27 and 28, celebrating 5 years since the initial one, also in Ghent, in 2009. These conferences have popularized the term DevOps, whose use has been growing since, with over 400 people attending, up from the 60 in the original one 5 years ago.
Lindsay Holmwood made a retrospective about metrics and monitoring in his DevOps Days Belgium talk, listed his typical metrics and monitoring pipeline, exposed some flaws in monitoring systems, and his view of what the future may bring in the field.
Jan-Joost Bouwman and Mark Heistek, from ING Retail Banking Netherlands, presented at Devopsdays Amsterdam how a CMMI-ITIL organization transitioned to a more agile mindset. Somewhat unusually in this kind of sessions, ING presented quantitative evidence of the improvements, such as a marked increase in the number of changes deployed to production and a decrease of the risk value per change.