The observant noticed that the title of the post is "What is ! DevOps". So what is this !(not) all about?


This is one of my rambling and reflection posts. It's based on observations and random thoughts that are intended to provoke a disccussion, not to be used as a formal definition or guidance.


During a recent workshop I observed a few anti-patterns and scibbled a few notes for this post.

DevOps is !(not):

  • A finite journey
  • A product
  • A rigid framework
  • A silver bullet
  • Agile++
  • Agile on steroids
  • All about automation
  • An organization where there's no trust, autonomy, or experimentation
  • Leadership that drives the WHAT, WHY, and HOW
  • Unicorns and magic rainbows


"DevOps is the union of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to our end users." -

It's a prestine definition by Donovan Brown that you'll find stuck on most (all) laptops that ventured anywhere near the ALM | DevOps Rangers or one of Donovan's sessions.

DevOps Stickers

A DevOps mindset fosters

  • Collaboration
  • Empowerment
  • Experimentation
  • Growth mindset
  • Learning climate
  • Responsibility
  • Reward innovation
  • User Empathy

A DevOps mindset enables

INCREASE-1 Deployment Frequency
More frequent deployments that allows the introduction of new value and fixes quickly.
DECREASE-1 Change Failure Rate
More successful changes that elliminate rework and allow teams to focus on new value.
DECREASE-1 Lead Time for Change
Shorter lead times that enable faster feedback and the ability to respond to outages more effectively.
DECREASE-1 Mean Time to Recovery
Faster time to mitigate failures giving users higher availability.

Any anti-patterns, foster, or enablement points you would add?