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Conway’s Law – What can it teach us about DevOps?

I first heard about Conway’s Law from reading the DevOps Handbook (an excellent read, by the way, if you want to dive head first into DevOps). I was intrigued by how this idea came from slightly left-field, yet seemed to have big implications for businesses on their journey to increased efficiency.

In this blog, you will learn what Conway’s Law is and how it is relevant for your business – whether you are in the middle of a DevOps transformation or just taking your first steps.

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DevOps In Regulated Industries

Does DevOps Work in Highly Regulated Industries?

DevOps is best suited to digital start-ups with minimal regulation and few restrictions, right?

Initially the DevOps movement stemmed from the agile, innovative, born-on-the-web companies who were able to change their way of working quickly. However, the principles and practices are completely transferrable to all organisation types. This includes those at the other end of the spectrum – where processes are very tightly controlled and regulation dictates a significant part of the business investment.

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Drowning in technical debt

Are you drowning in technical debt?

Technical debt is the enemy of fast change – and of DevOps. It sometimes hides under the covers while new features are being delivered but, much like financial debt, it will never go away unless it is addressed directly.

At some point your technical debt will reach critical mass. This is when it starts to hinder every attempt to change, while forcing you to spend more time fire-fighting and managing the debt rather than delivering new features for the customer. This growing technical debt mountain will seriously affect your business ability.

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Agile team

What makes the agile team tick

We’ve all heard the cliché: Agile teams are self-organised and self-managed.

However, if it’s that simple, why are organisations not consistently churning out self-managed teams delivering solutions in a smooth manner? In reality, there are plenty of dynamics involved in enabling agile teams, and there are multiple factors that play a big part in nurturing self-managed teams.

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Is DevOps right for organisation

Is DevOps right for your organisation now?

There are many articles about what needs to be done to adopt DevOps successfully, but in this blog we’re going to focus on organisational readiness. The purpose of this blog is to highlight some of the key organisational factors and considerations which help to determine whether a DevOps initiative is really needed for your business – and whether it is likely to be successful in your organisation at the current time.

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What DevOps is NOT

What DevOps is NOT

It seems like DevOps is absolutely everywhere now. Pretty much every company is talking about it – even if they are not ready to explore it yet. In this DevOps adoption frenzy, it is inevitable that some of the core principles of DevOps (what it is, how it adds value to your business, etc.) will get watered down. When DevOps is mandated, the word itself becomes overused and the core message can get lost.

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Climbing steps

5 steps to rapid DevOps success

5 Steps to DevOps SuccessAre you wondering where to start your rapid DevOps journey – or how to progress an existing initiative? Do you need a better understanding of how the adoption process should run? Would you prefer to know what to expect from each phase?

In our Downloadable Quick Guide The 5 Steps to DevOps Success we share the key building blocks you need for a solid DevOps strategy, for Continuous Delivery and for moving from Continuous Delivery to Production Release Automation.

Download your copy HERE.

 

Test Automation

My test automation journey

When I first started my career at Sandhata, I was introduced to middleware test automation using a tool called IBM RIT (Rational Integration Tester). As a newbie, without any experience even of manual testing, I had to try to make sense of this new, unfamiliar process. Soon, however, I became fascinated by this particular tool and started to discover the real power of automation.

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