Five Signs That Your DevOps Initiative Is Failing

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4 Responses to Five Signs That Your DevOps Initiative Is Failing

  1. August 20, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    This is an eye opener and precise article. Would encourage my fellow DevOps engineers to read it.

  2. Paul Mansfield
    August 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I have met very few developers who manage to be good sysadmins, or vice versa. Whilst I can code scripts for things like nagios and munin plugins, and fix some bugs in code, I don’t do enough programming to really be a programmer. You have to be truly immersed in a programming environment to really do it well.

    Also, there are very different demands on deliverables for the two roles. A sysadmin needs to be able to concentrate on security, reliability, reproducability, monitorability and resilience. Developers are focussed on shipping the latest, greatest code which mostly works.

    Likewise, software testing and QA is a separate role from developers.

    It won’t be many years before the concept of “devops” will be seen as a temporary aberration, a dead-end concept.

  3. August 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Paul, you are missing the point. DevOps is not a role where one person must be fluent at both development and operations. DevOps is a way of delivering software faster and more reliably by development and operations working closely together without silos and focusing on eliminating waste by automating everything that is repeatable (builds, testing, deployments, patching, etc.).

  4. Andreas Echavez
    January 8, 2014 at 3:21 PM


    DevOps is a way of delivering software faster but delivering software is only a fraction of the DevOps workflow. Like Paul mentioned, security, reliability, and resilience are also very important and have nothing to do with delivering software.

    “Automating everything” is a noble goal but it only scratches the surface of an organization’s operational requirements. A lot of the “waste” that Agile advocates point to is in place to ensure long-term architectural stability, continuity of business, and efficient disaster planning.

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