Is DevOps just a fad?

by on April 3, 2013 · 6 comments

There are DevOps tools and DevOps job ads. People talk about culture and sharing and being nice to each other. Sounds pretty fishy, right? The only thing missing is a DevOps certification and we’re done with the DevOps hype. Is DevOps really just a fad? Let’s take a closer look…

You’re frustrated with another department – again

They don’t seem to understand the simplest things. They just throw stuff at you which keeps exploding in your face. The only way to deal with the continual onslaught of their crap is to become cynical. You rant about those guys and try to blame them whenever you can. You are sick of working on their garbage again when you could be doing real work instead. The things that really matter to your department.

But this is why you get a paycheck, right?

Actually, it’s exactly where DevOps comes into play. Why should your day be filled with anger? DevOps tries to overcome the aforementioned obstacles. By encouraging collaboration earlier in the process, DevOps tries to smooth out the boundaries between departments. By demanding automation, DevOps tries to minimize chores and create more room for valuable work. And by encouraging sharing of problems and solutions openly, DevOps tries to dissolve the combative cultures of blame.

It’s up to you to decide whether this is a fad or not. What do you think? Please let us know in the comments!

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