In my talk at QCon last week I was lucky enough to be the first speaker on the DevOps track so I took the opportunity to poll my fellow speakers for THEIR definition of DevOps and the results where fascinating.
What I ended up with was different 5 Definitions of DevOps:
So what are the key take away messages from these DevOps definitions?
Firstly – there is no single, definitive version of what DevOps “is” as you can see from the responses above!
DevOps clearly means different things to different people and we (as the DevOps community) have to ask ourselves is this a good or bad thing? Good in that it’s promoting a diversity of ideas that contribute to the DevOps movement, but “bad” in that is causes confusion amongst people trying to learn more about DevOps.
Secondly – there is a clear message around communication, collaboration and culture being a key part of the DevOps message, which is excellent” #NoMoreSilos!
Thirdly – sadly the name “DevOps” might be seen as being exclusionary in itself and not embracing critical parts of the SDLC community – specifically in Amy’s case the Test community. Amy expands on this in her blog post “DevOps with Testers”.
A number of people would say that DevOps should be called “DevTestOps” or “BizDevOps” but at QCON Dave Farley was arguing that the correct term should be “Continuous Delivery” as DevOps is just a subset of CD. We discussed this earlier in our post on Continuous Obsolescence.
- So what does DevOps, DevTestOps or BizDevOps means to you?
- Has the term DevOps had it’s day and should we just extend the definition of Continuous Delivery to embrace the full application lifecycle?
- Do we need to rename our company? 🙂
Your thoughts in the comments please?