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Protecting The Devops Whale in Large Enterprises
Justin Arbuckle

Chief Architect - GE Capital
with artwork by Matt Kish
the narrative arc
Looming
Alliances and Prophets
Appearance
Challenge
Captains
Squall
Spearing
Sparing
Hunters
Sea and Lan...
3
Horses can’t be unicorns. But they can have a
whale of a time. (ba-da-boom)
(apologies to Chris Little)
4
“It is not down on any map; true places never are.”
!
• Planning a credible journey

• Building a diverse alliance

• Keep...
Looming
Decide to “go to sea”. 

Stop being an observer. Have a point
of view. Don’t outsource it. 

!
A problem looms. Al...
Land & Sea
this is the land: 

Waterfall, big designs and slowly
failing projects.

!
this is the sea:

Open Source, Conti...
Alliance & Prophets
Beware of prophets of doom, find
your “Spouter Inn”

!
Find those who share the problem
and need to get...
Appearance
The looming idea becomes real.

!
Show them.

Early demonstrations to everybody.

You will know if others lack ...
Planning a Credible
Journey
When you havent shown the way
Looming
Alliances
Appearance
Sea and Land
10
Challenge
Set a challenge to SHOW the payoff
- full stack, short timeframe, visible.

!
faster = better design (!)

faster ...
Hunters
A dedicated team from across the
businesses

…who will return to shore one day.

!
You CANNOT be the centre. (That...
Building a Diverse
Alliance
When you have mis-framed the challenge
Challenge
Hunters
13
the autonomy arc
Captains
You will meet many along the way.

And you will meet them on the way
back…

!
Demonstrate everything as you go,
t...
Squall
Five Kinds, usually 2 at a time:

1. Technical

2. Organisational

3. Cultural

4. Commercial

5. Procedural

!
Eve...
A digression on the myth of control
& the law of requisite variety
the more complex and evolving the change
required in be...
Keeping your Compass
by Losing your Centre
When your compass fails
Squall
Spearing
Sparing
Captains
17
the peer arc
execut...
Spearing
Long hours, many failed
attempts..and finally success.

!
Reward visibly.

!
Some will not have made it. Dont
be a...
Sparing
Your first challenge should result in
a platform for the next.

!
19
Remembering your
route
blameless post-mortems
Spearing
Sparing
20
Hunters
The Archetypes All of them at some time…
Ahab
Starbuck Ishmael
the Whale
Queequeg
be the whale
all art used by permission - Matt Kish
check out “Moby Dick in Pictures” on Amazon
(re)reading the original book wouldn't ...
justin.arbuckle@ge.com
linkedIn : /justinarbuckle
twitter : @dromologue
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Driving Devops Adoption at GE Capital

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Driving Devops Adoption at GE Capital

  1. 1. Protecting The Devops Whale in Large Enterprises Justin Arbuckle Chief Architect - GE Capital with artwork by Matt Kish
  2. 2. the narrative arc Looming Alliances and Prophets Appearance Challenge Captains Squall Spearing Sparing Hunters Sea and Land 2
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. Horses can’t be unicorns. But they can have a whale of a time. (ba-da-boom) (apologies to Chris Little) 4
  5. 5. “It is not down on any map; true places never are.” ! • Planning a credible journey • Building a diverse alliance • Keeping your Compass by losing your centre • Remembering your route 5
  6. 6. Looming Decide to “go to sea”. Stop being an observer. Have a point of view. Don’t outsource it. ! A problem looms. Always. ! Consistency is the root of… security stability simplicity 6
  7. 7. Land & Sea this is the land: Waterfall, big designs and slowly failing projects. ! this is the sea: Open Source, Continuous Delivery, Agile, MVP, DevOps and fast failing projects. ! The sea is a location unlike ‘cloud,’ which is a method. 7
  8. 8. Alliance & Prophets Beware of prophets of doom, find your “Spouter Inn” ! Find those who share the problem and need to get to sea… ! 8
  9. 9. Appearance The looming idea becomes real. ! Show them. Early demonstrations to everybody. You will know if others lack faith. 9
  10. 10. Planning a Credible Journey When you havent shown the way Looming Alliances Appearance Sea and Land 10
  11. 11. Challenge Set a challenge to SHOW the payoff - full stack, short timeframe, visible. ! faster = better design (!) faster to MVP proves your process ! BUT speed is not enough…it’s not even the most important thing. 11
  12. 12. Hunters A dedicated team from across the businesses …who will return to shore one day. ! You CANNOT be the centre. (That’s Ahab’s way) ! 12
  13. 13. Building a Diverse Alliance When you have mis-framed the challenge Challenge Hunters 13 the autonomy arc
  14. 14. Captains You will meet many along the way. And you will meet them on the way back… ! Demonstrate everything as you go, transparency is your friend. ! make them merchants of what you are seeking. 14
  15. 15. Squall Five Kinds, usually 2 at a time: 1. Technical 2. Organisational 3. Cultural 4. Commercial 5. Procedural ! Every one is weathered by relying on the spread of your alliance in the challenge ! DECENTRE YOUR EXCELLENCE 15
  16. 16. A digression on the myth of control & the law of requisite variety the more complex and evolving the change required in behaviours, the deeper within the system the control for it needs to be devolved.
  17. 17. Keeping your Compass by Losing your Centre When your compass fails Squall Spearing Sparing Captains 17 the peer arc execution debt
  18. 18. Spearing Long hours, many failed attempts..and finally success. ! Reward visibly. ! Some will not have made it. Dont be afraid to differentiate but draw them back in for the next round. 18
  19. 19. Sparing Your first challenge should result in a platform for the next. ! 19
  20. 20. Remembering your route blameless post-mortems Spearing Sparing 20 Hunters
  21. 21. The Archetypes All of them at some time… Ahab Starbuck Ishmael the Whale Queequeg
  22. 22. be the whale
  23. 23. all art used by permission - Matt Kish check out “Moby Dick in Pictures” on Amazon (re)reading the original book wouldn't be a bad idea either… 23
  24. 24. justin.arbuckle@ge.com linkedIn : /justinarbuckle twitter : @dromologue dromologue.com

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