Effective DevOps
Building a Culture of Collaboration, Affinity, and Tooling at Scale
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2016
Pages: 410

Some companies think that adopting devops means bringing in specialists or a host of new tools. With this practical guide, you’ll learn why devops is a professional and cultural movement that calls for change from inside your organization. Authors Katherine Daniels and Jennifer Davis provide several approaches for improving collaboration within teams, creating affinity among teams, promoting efficient tool usage in your company, and scaling up what works throughout your organization’s inflection points.

Devops stresses iterative efforts to break down information silos, monitor relationships, and repair misunderstandings that arise between and within teams in your organization. By applying the actionable strategies in this book, you can make sustainable changes in your environment regardless of your level within your organization.

  • Explore the foundations of devops and learn the four pillars of effective devops
  • Encourage collaboration to help individuals work together and build durable and long-lasting relationships
  • Create affinity among teams while balancing differing goals or metrics
  • Accelerate cultural direction by selecting tools and workflows that complement your organization
  • Troubleshoot common problems and misunderstandings that can arise throughout the organizational lifecycle
  • Learn from case studies from organizations and individuals to help inform your own devops journey
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4.0

Thoughtful reflection of DevOps

By Lanooba

from Brooklyn, NY

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  • Easy to understand
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      Comments about oreilly Effective DevOps:

      I've read the book from the context of an agilist concerned with building an ops team. I've also ready negative review of this book provided here.
      What I come away with is a recognition that this book tackles the hard bits. Culture is difficult to describe and even more so to monetize. However, what I enjoyed about this book were some practical examples of applying the intangible aspects of DevOps - including Culture - to organizations who want to see meaningful change.

      I get that this book isn't an exact blueprint. My thought is that DevOps lies in the complex domain of the Cynefin model. It's complex, it's emergent; it's hard and interesting. If you're looking for a by-the-numbers solution, then this will not help. If you're looking for building blocks and day-to-day insights that emerge out of the murk: then you've found the right book.

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      Very little about DevOps

      By Jascha

      from Barcelona

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        • Out Of Context

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          Comments about oreilly Effective DevOps:

          Despite having been around for quite some year, there is still no agreement on what is DevOps. Etymologically, the word is the result of the merging of Developer and Operations. In this sense, the term suggests a person that has the knowledge to cover both positions, thus reducing the problems that use(d) to arise in between the development of an application and its deployment in production. This view is often coupled with the concept of automation, mainly in the cloud scenario. Still, some believe that this definition is very remissive and plain wrong, claiming DevOps is a movement, a way to think. Essential DevOps, a recently released book, enters this diatribe and tries to bring some light in this endless debate giving us all THE answer. The authors see DevOps as a culture and want to discuss the technical, cultural, and managerial challenges of implementing and maintaining a DevOps culture in a company.

          Before getting into the details, a quick note: this book is not about technical stuff. There is not a single page dedicated to a tool, not even those meant to help team collaboration.

          The first chapter of this very thin book tries to get the reader an idea of what DevOps truly is. The many different ways the community describes DevOps are given and then demystified. This is referred to as the DevOps misconceptions. Finally, we are revealed the truth: DevOps is a culture, the culture of teams working together, communicating their intentions and the issues that they run into, dynamically adjusting in order to work towards shared goals.

          Next, now that the sinful reader has been enlighten, we find all the remaining chapters dedicated to the many different aspects of this team working smoothly in synergy. Through the pages the authors argument about team affinity and collaboration, from the hiring process up to collaboration. The many different types of people that populate planet Earth are described. There is not much more to say, really.

          I have honestly not understood at all what this book has to do with DevOps: the first two chapters quickly tell what DevOps is not. The rest of the book seems a quick guide dedicated to HR Professionals with advices on how to hire people to build up a team with the perfect chemistry, taking into account skills, character and ambitions. While the information is interesting and possibly correct (I'm no HR), I see no relationship with DevOps, since all of this is true for every kind of profession and, in the case of IT, methodology.

          The book feels like a sermon that paints DevOps as something similar to a religion of love and synergy. In this sense, the book strongly reminds me of Continuous Delivery and DevOps: A Quickstart Guide which has nothing to do with neither Continuous Integration nor DevOps.

          As a final note, while I do recognize that everyone has the right to describe what DevOps is, I guess that Google is not willing to hire a gardener to cover a DevOps position, even if this person is a great team player with a very positive attitude towards work and people. Somehow I guess they are interested in people with knowledge and interest of automation, cloud and containers.

          As usual, you can find more reviews on my personal blog: books.lostinmalloc.com. Feel free to pass by and share your thoughts!

          (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Effective DevOps - Nicely written

          By Stuart

          from Great Britain

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          • Concise
          • Easy to understand
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            Comments about oreilly Effective DevOps:

            I have read most of each of the chapters available, easpecially the first chapters.

            You have a nice writing style. You should write more books.

            The most useful to me was the Introduction, What is DevOps and Collabouration chapters.

            Overall, a nice overview that I thought put the subject matter in historical context and answered some questions for me.
            Thank you.

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