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Our DevOps Journey - An Exercise in Cultural Change

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Presented by Victoria Blessing 6/16/16, Austin, TX

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Our DevOps Journey - An Exercise in Cultural Change

  1. 1. OUR DEVOPS JOURNEY: An Exercise in Changing Culture
  2. 2. VICTORIA BLESSING ➤ Operations Engineer, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University
 ➤ Graduated from Texas A&M in 2014
 ➤ Recruited to DevOps bandwagon in 2013
 ➤ Professional Yak Shaver
  3. 3. “YAK SHAVING” https://www.flickr.com/photos/snapperwolf/6952219933/
  4. 4. “YAK SHAVING” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trXjZ70ab1Q
  5. 5. We have a culture problem?
  6. 6. “Developers need to understand infrastructure. Operations people need to understand code. People need to f**king work with each other and not just occupy space next to each other. -John Vincent http://blog.lusis.org/
  7. 7. DEVOPS CAN’T BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT A CULTURE SHIFT
  8. 8. COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE
  9. 9. by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford You need this book
  10. 10. THE PHOENIX PROJECT ➤Main Lessons 1.There are 4 types of work 2.Work-in-progress is the silent killer 3.Unplanned work accrues technical debt 4.Bottlenecks constrain work
  11. 11. THE PHOENIX PROJECT ➤The Four Types of Work 1.Business projects 2.Infrastructure projects 3.Changes 4.Unplanned work
  12. 12. THE PHOENIX PROJECT ➤The Three Ways 1.Systems thinking 2.Amplify feedback loops 3.Culture of continual experimentation and learning
  13. 13. AFTER WE ESTABLISHED OUR DEVOPS CULTURE, THE REST WAS EASY (sort of)
  14. 14. TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
  15. 15. UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTS ARE ADVERSE TO CHANGE …not to mention one as rooted in tradition as Texas A&M (whoop!)
  16. 16. SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE ➤ Initial Evangelism ➤ Workshops, lots of emails ➤ Getting a bite, and putting together a team ➤ Closing a deal
  17. 17. ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A CULTURE CHANGE? (and adopt Chef too)
  18. 18. VICTORIA BLESSING @_vblessing vblessing@arch.tamu.edu

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