3 Tips to Get Started with DevOps in the Enterprise

DevOps in EnterpriseThe DevOps Drive-In FAQ webcast with Gene Kim was a great success.  As usual, Gene provided a huge amount of valuable information.  I came out of the webcast feeling even more positive about the future of DevOps, which will surprise some people as I’m sure they didn’t think I could become more enthusiastic.

There were a lot of excellent questions which may well inspire future blog posts, but for now I’ll reiterate my thoughts on three tips to get started with DevOps from the ground level.

  1. Determine what outcomes you want to achieve and how to measure them.
  2. Run a pilot project.  You don’t need to adopt new processes all the way to production. Even in pre-production environments the value could be huge.  Over time take your new processes all the way to production but don’t get hung up on not being able to go to production.
  3. Accept that there will be failures.  Learning how to recover from failure quickly rather than focusing on adding more and more layers of process and approvals will  help reduce risk and let you deliver value to your customers faster.

For those of you who missed the webcast you can view the recording here.

Finally, a big thank you to Gene. It’s always a pleasure chatting with you.

I look forward to seeing you all again at the next DevOps Drive-In!


Jonathan Thorpe is Product Marketing Manager for all things DevOps and Continuous Delivery at Serena Software. Previously Jonathan worked as a Systems Analyst at Electric Cloud, specializing in DevOps-related solutions. Jonathan holds a degree in Computing Systems from Nottingham Trent University.

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[...] In the January 2014 DevOps Drive-In webcast, Gene Kim and I discussed DevOps frequently asked questions.  I think that we provided a compelling case for adopting a DevOps mindset in your organization.  I even wrote a short blog post on three ways to get started. [...]

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