Posts Tagged ‘DevOps’

June 2020


As another month comes to an end, a quick digest of things that June brought… Black Lives Matter June seems to have been another one of those months full of “there are weeks where decades happen”. As a family we spent one of those weeks educating ourselves a little. Starting out with the BBC’s ‘Sitting […]

In Plain Sight


“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson This post is about a set of powerful management techniques that have each been around for over a decade, but that still haven’t yet diffused into everyday use, and that hence still appear novel to the uninitiated. Wardley Maps Simon […]

#2 of jobs that should exist but don’t in most IT departments (#1 was The Application Portfolio Manager). What’s a constraint? From Wikipedia: The theory of constraints (TOC)[1] is an overall management philosophy introduced by Eliyahu M. Goldratt in his 1984 book titled The Goal It’s the idea that in a manufacturing process there will […]



TL;DR Accelerate is now my top book recommendation for people looking for practical guidance on how to do DevOps. It’s a quick read, actionable, and data driven. Background I’ve previously recommended the following books for DevOps: The Phoenix Project – Gene Kim’s respin of The Goal is an approachable tale of how manufacturing practices can […]

This is pretty much a repost of the original Bionics – a primer, but we decided to call it Bionix (with an X). TL;DR Greater automation is the future for the IT industry, and we’ve called DXC’s automation programme ‘Bionix’. It’s about being data driven with a flexible tool kit, rather than being all in […]



JeffConf have posted the video from my talk there on LessOps (or should that be ‘LessOps), which is how I see operations working out in a world of ‘serverless’ cloud service: The full playlist is here, and I’ve also published the slides:

In a note to my last post ‘Safety first‘ I promised more on this topic, so here goes… TL;DR As software learns from manufacturing by adopting the practices we’ve called DevOps we’ve got better at catching mistakes earlier and more often in our ‘production lines’ to reduce their cost; but what if the whole point […]

Safety first


Google’s Project Aristotle spent a bunch of time trying to figure out what made some teams perform better than others, and in the end they identified psychological safety as the primary factor[1]. It’s why one of the guiding principles to Modern Agile is ‘Make Safety a Prerequisite’. The concept of safety comes up in Adrian […]

In a footnote to yesterday’s application intimacy post I said: in time there will be services for provisioning, monitoring and logging, and all that will remain of ‘infrastructure’ will be the config of those services; and since we might treat that config as code then ultimately the NoOps ‘just add code – we’ll take care […]

This is another post that’s a recycled email, one which started out with the title: ‘Our share of the cloud shared responsibility model (and the need for application intimacy)’ The original email came from a number of discussions in the run up to the DXC merger, and I must thank many of my CTO and […]