Continuous Discussions (#c9d9): Episode 22 Recap – The Transformative Benefits of DevOps and Continuous Delivery - with Gene Kim

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Organizations of all size are realizing that DevOps and Continuous Delivery help unlock many benefits for their business by streamlining the software production process. Yesterday, I joined Gene Kim, Vincent Thavonekham and Anders Wallgren on our bi-weekly Continuous Discussions (c9d9) video hangout.  This time we talked about the benefits of DevOps and Continuous Delivery.

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This episode features:

gene kimGene Kim DevOps enthusiast, researcher and co-author of the best-selling book “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win,” and the founder of IT Revolution. @RealGeneKim |
vincent-thavonekhamVincent Thavonekham Deeply involved in DevOps and Agility, Vincent has met few times Jeff Sutherland and Alistair Cockburn, and authored definitions such as the ‘Scrum Pattern’ @vthavo |



Some highlights from this episode:

We started the episode with 30 minutes of highlights from the 2015 State of DevOps Report , by Puppet Labs and IT Revolution.  The report analyzed information from almost 5,000 respondents to help understand the performance of different types of IT organizations across countries, and verticals.


State of the DevOps - IT Performance Metrics Comparison Some of the more interesting findings related to the benefits of DevOps and Continuous Delivery we discussed were that:

  1.  Productivity and release frequency don’t necessarily have to decrease as team size grows. In short, practicing DevOps can help you overcome the “mythical man month.” deploy-day-dev-state-of-the-devops-gene-kim-figure-5 # of Deployments/day/dev
  2. There is a big correlation between “deployment pain” and IT performance. The more painful code deployments reportedly are, the poorer the IT performance, organizational performance and culture.

Even after a 30 minute discussion, we only skimmed the surface of the report. There is so much good information in there that I would urge you to go and give the entire report a read after you watch the replay of the episode. For the next 30 minutes we talked through some anecdotal examples of benefits that various folks in FinServ, Retail, Government/Aerospace and Defense, and Embedded teams have realized. Across the board, these benefits included:

  • Decreased risk and “lower unit cost” for each software deployment,
  • Better developer productivity and less burnout,
  • More auditability and compliance,
  • Improved overall company performance


Path Diagram To ground these discussions, we gave examples from several talks given at last years DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES14) from DevOps champions at organizations like Target, Capital One, US Immigration Services, and more. The types of transformations that are happening inside of these companies, and the stories that they are sharing, are inspiring. If you’re thinking about or have already started a DevOps transformation within your organizations, joining us at our second annual DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES15, October 19-21 in San Francisco) is the best way to accelerate your efforts. We are putting together the program for 2015 now, and the lineup is packed full of great speakers from large organizations like Bank of America, Nordstrom, Verizon, ING, SalesForce, and Western Union. We are offering anyone involved in the DevOps community 10 off their tickets if they register using this link .  Register quickly… we sold out early last year, and tickets are going fast!

On the next episode of Continuous Discussions:


Episode 23: Huge-Scale Deployments

Join us on August 11  to discuss some of the tools, best practices and patterns for successfully deploying to 1,000’s of servers around the world.

This episode will feature:

Andrew SiemerAndrew Siemer Chief Architect at Clear Measure. Farmer at Friendly Pastures. Father of 6. Author. Maker. Tinkerer. Software generalist. @asiemer |
Malcolm IsaacsMalcolm Isaacs Malcolm is a Technologies with passions for Agile, DevOps, Quality, and Mobile; bringing stories from the field, and always up for a good run. @MalcolmIsaacs | HP Community
Seb RoseSeb Rose Dispassionate software developer/consultant/coach working with teams adopting and refining their agile practices. @sebrose |
Simon McCartneySimon McCartney Software developer & Systems Engineer with experience in large scale web apps, public cloud operations & building software delivery pipelines to support & maintain them. @simonmcc |
Reza KhanReza Khan Manages technical Pre-Sales activities for Attunity Files Solutions, with a focus on Attunity Maestro for Application Release Automation. @rezashaheedkhan |

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