Many organizations are using John Boyd’s OODA loop to describe business strategies driven by continuous innovation cycles and the supporting technical practices. In a hostile environment, whether it is a aerial dogfight or an advertising-supported internet business, survival itself depends on going around the observe-orient-decide-act loop faster than the threat. At Scripps Networks Interactive, we are doing online video syndication and we surely have to contend with a hostile environment. In this talk, I will discuss how we moved our decision cycle time from weeks to hours by instrumenting our embedded video player and using our data operating system to understand what is happening in the field. The emerging mindset and set of practices called “front-end ops” — which brings front-end work into the culture and practices of devops and continuous delivery as a first-class citizen — can be used to shorten the cycle time through the OODA loop and increase the power of the actions we can take.
Video of the ignite talk from #DevOpsDays is online. I start 40 seconds in. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/49676397