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Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois & John Willis

How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations

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    Meet DevOps.

    First things first: DevOps. What exactly is it? The short answer is that it's all in the name – a blend of "development" and "operations." It’s all about bridging the gap between the people who write the code and the people who make sure that code runs smoothly in the real world. But DevOps is not just a job title – it's a whole culture. It's about a group of people with a common goal working together to make magic happen.

    Picture this: two separate teams working on a massive jigsaw puzzle in different rooms. They're working hard and making progress. But what they don’t know is that both teams are working on the same puzzle without knowing it. Sounds a bit ridiculous, right? But that's exactly what happens when dev and ops teams work in what’re known as silos. In other words, they’re essentially working as isolated, independent teams within one – and often with limited communication or cooperation with each other.

    Now, imagine what they could achieve if they worked together on that puzzle, sharing pieces and helping each other out. That’s the beauty of collaboration in DevOps. It's all about bringing everyone together, sharing ideas, and getting the job done faster – all with fewer hiccups along the way.

    Let’s look at how it works in the real world. Take Amazon, for instance. In 2011, Amazon’s engineers were deploying code 15,000 times per day. By 2015, they’d introduced DevOps, broke down the silos, and got their teams working together like a well-oiled machine. The result? They now deploy more than 136,000 times per day.

    So, how can you bring this magic into your own workspaces? First, get rid of silos as much as possible. Get your dev team and your ops team together in the same room – whether that's a physical room or a Zoom room – and get them talking to each other. Let them understand the challenges and triumphs of each other's worlds. They're two sides of the same coin, after all.

    Second, get yourself some quality tools like Slack or Microsoft Teams. These can work wonders for your collaboration game. They keep everyone in the loop, let you share ideas on the go, and give you a place to celebrate those little wins that keep us all going.

    That’s the magic of DevOps and collaboration. It's not rocket science – it's all about people, communication, and working together to create something amazing.

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    What is The Devops Handbook about?

    The DevOps Handbook (2016) offers a roadmap on how to catapult your technology operations into a realm of world-class agility, reliability, and security. Dive deep into the heart of the DevOps philosophy, equipping you with insights to bridge gaps between development and operations, while fostering unmatched efficiency.

    Who should read The Devops Handbook?

    • Technology professionals seeking to enhance organizational efficiency
    • Business leaders navigating digital transformation initiatives
    • Aspiring IT managers and DevOps enthusiasts

    About the Author

    Gene Kim has previously held CTO positions at various companies and is best known for co-authoring The Phoenix Project, a bestselling business novel. 

    Patrick Debois has worked in IT operations and development at organizations such as Inuits. He helped co-found the global DevOpsDays conferences.

    John Willis is a seasoned figure in IT management, and has been part of numerous well-known tech institutions such as Canonical, Chef, and IBM. He shares his wealth of knowledge through the popular DevOps Cafe podcast

    Jez Humble is a key player in the realm of DevOps and continuous delivery, and has worked in esteemed establishments like UC Berkeley. He authored the influential book Continuous Delivery.

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