Weekly Top 10: Planning for DevOps (and Security) Success

Written by: Electric Bee
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This week we saw a lot of hands-on, veteran expertise being shared amongst the DevOps community. There seemed to be a particular focus on one core point of DevOps transformations: mapping out success is the only way you’ll reach it. This can be particularly difficult to accomplish while ensuring security across your software delivery process. But, as we saw in two popular pieces from DevOps.com this week, DevOps can be the challenge and the solution to security risks .
Long-term success means the practices and policies of non-siloed organizational communication has to be a core principal value from the top of leadership to the bottom of the development stream. It is going to take training , and community wide understanding. Article like this TechBeacon’s, “Defining DevOps: 6 key attributes everyone should understand ,” provide standards that help drive adoption and make clear the objectives of a company’s efforts.
As the DevOps movement grows, so does our collection of best practices and standards. Stay tuned to our weekly posts highlighting these and more top news stories coming out of this incredible community. And now - for the top 10 stories shared by @ElectricCloud and @DOESsummit this week:

1. Lean Value Stream Mapping for DevOps

“Value Stream Mapping is a crucial step in assessing an organization’s DevOps capability. We create a value stream map of the software development lifecycle early in any DevOps engagement, because it helps us to… provide context for our architects and technical experts who are, in parallel, examining tools and technology.”

Lean Value Stream Mapping for #DevOps : http://t.co/BDlBH0CKH3 @devopsdotcom pic.twitter.com/o9FtrYL23K

— DOES Summit (@DOESsummit) May 19, 2015

2. It’s time security pros shake their DevOps fear, uncertainly, and doubt

“There’s been considerable discussion recently about how to make certain good security practices remain integrated within DevOps-driven environments. To get the scoop from a security pro who is experienced working on delivering security programs in development environments, I turned to Andrew Storms for some insight.”

It’s time security pros shake their #DevOps fear, uncertainly, and doubt says @georgevhulme : http://t.co/AsKUNzEGxQ pic.twitter.com/MO0z4hhivt — CloudBees (@electriccloud) May 18, 2015

3. Agile mindset: training is part of the map on your agile journey

“The relentless culling of companies on the FTSE 100 index is far more ruthless than either Frankfurt or Paris. The fascinating rise and fall of famous brands shows the vital importance of having flexible management to creatively grow the business in the competitive world - failure to adapt quickly is a recipe for decline.
Agile management techniques, first widely used in the information technology sector, have now become a widely recognised throughout business as offering great opportunities for rapid innovations, speeding new offerings to market to outperform competitors. The most effective businesses appreciate the importance of ‘being agile’ as opposed to ‘doing agile’.”

Agile mindset: training is part of the map on your #agile journey: https://t.co/qAfmp5TU73 @TrainingJournal pic.twitter.com/yEbWtGCkGr

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) May 20, 2015

4. 6 strategies great leaders use for long-term success

“Much can change in five years. In the last half-decade, volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions have crumbled nations and bankrupted major financial institutions. The gale winds of creative destruction toppled iconic brands and created new ones.”

5. Is Predictability Really What We Want?

“The people who pay for the software we create certainly want to get away from systems that cost more than was originally expected and take longer to deliver than thought. They also want fewer surprises from defects that show up only when a system is in production use, which require more time and money to fix. The people who manage software delivery groups certainly want to be able to know how much their teams can deliver over a certain time period so they can work proactively to deal with issues such as training and career development.”

6. Defining DevOps: 6 key attributes everyone should understand

“The history of IT projects in the pre-DevOps era is littered with massive and often very public failures, most notably the Healthcare.gov debacle. The odds are that you have personal experience with at least one ill-advised project. After all, statistics show that more than three in five IT projects will exceed the budget, fail to deliver on the agreed upon functionality, take longer than expected, cause major business problems after activation, or combine two or more of those scenarios. “

7. That Magical (Quadrant) Time Of Year: A Review Of Gartner's 2015 Cloud Report

"The release of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide is an industry event unlike any other. For IT execs, it’s akin to Christmas: they receive the gift of practical punditry, informed by another year of market data. For vendors, it’s like waiting for a report card, with bouts of nervous fidgeting, followed by a mad scramble to process the results. So what do you need to know about this year’s Cloud Magic Quadrant? Six highlights come to mind:"

8. Agile, DevOps and Eating Your Own Dogfood

InfoQ did an interview with Yaniv Yehuda, Co-Founder and CTO of DBmaestro, about how they are doing agile development and using DevOps, how they implemented Continuous Delivery, Agile practices that turned out to be difficult to implement, and the benefits that they are getting for using agile and DevOps practices.

9. Swim in the DevOps pool or drown in security problems

There has been a significant shift recently in security. Most security vendors and organizations recognize that the traditional model of keeping the bad guys out by detecting malicious exploits is flawed at best. The reality is that the bad guys are already inside the network using authorized credentials to bypass security controls and exfiltrate sensitive data. That sounds ominous but the silver lining is that DevOps changes the game and shifts the advantage back to the good guys.

10. What Is DevOps? – According to Daniel Greene

As is evident from the increase in conferences, books and software tools, there is a growing emphasis on improving DevOps within all sizes of software development organizations. The question that follows is typically, “What is DevOps?” This is an absolutely understandable question. Not only is it a relatively recent movement within the software community, but the commercial marketing machine has taken over ownership of the term, bending it to their needs.

What Is #DevOps ? Daniel Greene answers on @TechCrunch : http://t.co/8JyWRLTd7U #continuousdelivery pic.twitter.com/uDkTll94HH
— DOES Summit (@DOESsummit) May 15, 2015

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