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DevOps Paradox

By : Viktor Farcic
Book Image

DevOps Paradox

By: Viktor Farcic

Overview of this book

DevOps promises to break down silos, uniting organizations to deliver high quality output in a cross-functional way. In reality it often results in confusion and new silos: pockets of DevOps practitioners fight the status quo, senior decision-makers demand DevOps paint jobs without committing to true change. Even a clear definition of what DevOps is remains elusive. In DevOps Paradox, top DevOps consultants, industry leaders, and founders reveal their own approaches to all aspects of DevOps implementation and operation. Surround yourself with expert DevOps advisors. Viktor Farcic draws on experts from across the industry to discuss how to introduce DevOps to chaotic organizations, align incentives between teams, and make use of the latest tools and techniques. With each expert offering their own opinions on what DevOps is and how to make it work, you will be able to form your own informed view of the importance and value of DevOps as we enter a new decade. If you want to see how real DevOps experts address the challenges and resolve the paradoxes, this book is for you.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)

The heart of DevOps is democratizing the work

Kevin Behr: While those DevOps patterns are vital to DevOps, what I really believe to be the heart of DevOps, and what I think we've lost touch with today, is what, in the 1940s and 1950s, was a movement and a discipline called STS, or socio-technical systems.

Social-technical systems started with some sociologists, and it was one of the big-funded projects immediately post World War II. I do actually give a talk about STS, called DevOps and Its Roots in Coal Mining. It's kind of a joke, but one of the big things that they had to do after World War II was figure out how to make more coal to help power the war recovery. There was a conflict because all the coal companies wanted to keep the price of coal high, while the British government wanted lower coal prices so that coal and oil could power post-war reconstruction. It was in the national interest to get as much out of the mines as possible.

To help achieve this, the British government...