DevOps Strategy Canvas – Accelerating Business Outcomes

The DevOps Strategy Canvas is a framework to help you maximise your business outcomes while addressing the needs of your DevOps journey. Despite wider adoption of DevOps in enterprises, DevOps strategy rarely gets discussed. Too often DevOps is considered a tooling topic relevant only to IT. The larger vision, business outcome etc. are rarely discussed. In my experience running DevOps engagements across large and small companies, I have come to conclusion that without a proper DevOps strategy, business outcomes would fall far from desired. The goal of this article is to provide enterprises, large and small, with a tool for creating a shared vision and unlocking the promise of DevOps. The tool I have created based on my 11 years of research and learning of DevOps in different roles and different regions. It's called DevOps Strategy Canvas - Accelerating Business Outcome (V1). I would keep on iterating the canvas based on feedback and learning ongoing. Image - DevOps Strategy Canvas by Sandeep...
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Why DevOps is hard – #SAFeSummit2018

I had the privilege to present my lightning talk at SAFe Summit 2018 Washington DC (https://2018.safesummit.com/sessions/lightning-talks-350pm-405pm/) on 04 Oct 2018. The lightning talks are engaging 15-minute presentations where SAFe summit attendees share their knowledge and experience with others. With a room full with SAFe practitioners, enthusiasts and learners, it was a great opportunity to demonstrate lessons learnt during various DevOps engagements in different industries and at different scales. Given the format of the talk, 15 mins was too short to cover such a broad topic. There were many attendees who had queued after the session to ask their questions / queries. We also exchanged ideas around how DevOps strategy could be a great topic for enterprises who are starting their agile transformation journey. It was a great experience, so much of energy and common interest in a single location. The details of talk is as follows: Title :"Why DevOps is hard" Abstract: Even since DevOps became mainstream,...
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Scaling DevOps – take a holistic approach to drive business value

Scaling DevOps – take a holistic approach to drive business value

The DevOps conversation with a senior executive:  Exec: We have best of the tools in world to cater for each stage of software lifecycle. We are very advanced in our DevOps journey. Me: Great to hear. Are you getting value out of these tools? How you are measuring success? Exec: I am not sure. There are teams who are using various tools and then there are some who are not. We are not consistent. I guess we are getting good returns in some areas and some are just getting started. Me: So, do we have a roadmap or guidance for teams around what tools to use and how these tools work together? Exec: We are open and flexible. We allow Developers and architects to recommend and use what works for them. We have a tools library but you can add to it if required. We don’t have a published guideline as such.  Me: That sound more like bring your own tools. Do you think teams know...
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