Breaking Down Silos

In this post, we are exploring the methods we can use to break down silos in your company. Successfully achieving this is a key requirement to success in DevOps. In DevOps, culture is brought about by the need to break down silos in your organization between certain teams. Silo mentality is behavior driven and can be resolved using a number of techniques. The danger of silos is the business world is that trust is destroyed, communication is cut off and complacency starts to set into what you do day to day....

23 May 2021 · 3 min · Martyn

The Role of Communication in DevOps

In this post, we take an introductory look at how communication influences DevOps. Put quite simply, communication in DevOps is fundamental. That along with collaboration are the two biggest things your company can look to improve to make DevOps a success. Imagine if developers and operations we able to communicate better with each other. From an infrastructure perspective they could collaborate with operations to work on templates which match their requirements and operations could explain the controls in place for the security of the business....

22 May 2021 · 2 min · Martyn

Phases of DevOps Maturity

In this post, we look at the four different phases of maturity in DevOps, from waterfall, through to continuous deployment. Over the past few years, there has been a real focus on maturity in DevOps. Usually this manifests in the form of assessments to gauge where you are, almost like a benchmark exercise. I’m a big fan of this approach, it’s important to know how you are doing, where you started and what trajectory you are on....

21 May 2021 · 3 min · Martyn

Maintaining a DevOps Mindset

In this post, we take a look at the challenge of maintaining a DevOps mindset, especially in the face of adversity. This is post 10/100 in the 100 Days of DevOps series. Speaking from a personal perspective, I can certainly say that a DevOps mindset helps me with adversity. However, when you’ve invested lots of time building your DevOps culture, it’s important to make sure you are able to maintain that culture in different scenarios....

20 May 2021 · 4 min · Martyn

Essential Values for a DevOps Mindset

In this post, we take a look at the essential values that make for a great DevOps mindset. This is post 10/100 in the 100 Days of DevOps series. Many IT professionals today are having difficulty adapting to change and disruption. Are you struggling just to keep the lights on, so to speak? Do you have a sense of being overwhelmed? This is not unusual. Today, the status quo is inadequate, so IT is constantly attempting to reinvent itself....

19 May 2021 · 4 min · Martyn

Five Cultural Changes Needed for DevOps

Through my experience, a tight number of changes will help in the adoption of DevOps. In this post, we take a look at five changes you need to make. This is day 9/100 in the 100 Days of DevOps series. Does the phrase “rapid innovation,” “time to market,” “customer-centricity,” and “acting like a start-up” ring a bell? They’re all buzzwords that excite the CEO while terrifying those tasked with running, transforming, and safeguarding their companies....

18 May 2021 · 3 min · Martyn

DevOps is Not a Job Role!

In this post, we take a broader look at building a business case for DevOps focusing on the principal that DevOps is not a job role but a cultural move. This is day 8/100 in the 100 Days of DevOps series. How does DevOps become successful? If only that was a simple question to answer! The truth is that fundamentally, to be successful, the whole company needs to be doing DevOps to be successful....

17 May 2021 · 3 min · Martyn

Implementing DevOps in Your Organisation

In this post, we are looking at a high level at some of the things you can do to implement DevOps in your company. This is day 7/100 in the 100 Days of DevOps series. Before we look at this in more detail. Why do companies move to DevOps? We’ve already introduced the broad topic of DevOps in this series. Rather than look at generic reasons, let’s look at something more scientific....

16 May 2021 · 6 min · Martyn

Exploring the World of XOps

In this post, we look at XOps, the catch all term for the movement of combining different disciplines together with operations. This is day 6/100 in the 100 Days of DevOps series. XOps is a general catch all term that describes the adoption of other forms of operations both inside and outside of technology. In this context, DevOps is really just the tip of the iceberg. DevOps is just the beginning, you can also include BizOps, FinOps, AIOps, and MarketingOps as a start, but the term XOps covers more than just the ones listed here....

15 May 2021 · 4 min · Martyn

Adding GitHub Azure Boards to Organisations

For this post, I will walk through the process of adding the ability to see repositories in GitHub Organisations to your Azure DevOps instance. When you are using Azure DevOps Boards, you have the choice of repositories to use to link your commits and pull requests back to work items you create in the Boards functionality. Adding a connection to GitHub It’s pretty easy to add your connection through to GitHub, from your project settings, simply click GitHub connections, from there you can then proceed click Connect your GitHub account....

14 May 2021 · 3 min · Martyn