You only have to change one thing to "do the DevOps", everything.

By Ken Mugrage

Talk Abstract

Implementing DevOps can sound relatively simple. You just get the latest configuration management tool, implement the latest container orchestration or move to the cloud, right?

The truth is that a successful adoption means a series of intertwined changes, all of which are required.

Talk Description

10 or 15 years ago we would hear “agile doesn’t work” from lots of people. They had “used agile” on a project, and the project failed anyway. Most of the time a little investigation revealed that they didn’t really try it at all. Instead they worked much like they always had, just for two weeks at a time instead of several months.

The same thing is happening with people “doing DevOps”.

I strongly believe that the most important thing about a DevOps transition is the required changes in culture. But you can’t actually have self organized teams if you’re working on systems that are hard to build and deploy. You also can’t easily automate that build and deploy process if your architecture is hard to test.

In this talk I’ll point out several areas of focus when making the transition, and point out why it’s important that you change everything.

  • Culture change - DevOps is about culture first and foremost. I’ll talk about some of the organizational structures which can help in creating a sharing culture where the teams and the technology can thrive.
  • Evolutionary architecture - Adopting a technical architecture which is more testable and changeable is key to the ability to move fast. Taking advantage of microservices and platforms (such as PaaS) can help with this.
  • Continuous Delivery - Continuous Delivery is more than just automating deployment. Making sure your software is going through things like security, performance and compliance testing in addition to “standard” tests. I’ll show ways to make sure your deployments are not only fast, but safe.


This is a high level talk, but will contain referenceable examples where people can learn more.