Thomas McGonagle's blog

Putting the Ops in DevOps: Part 1

This is the eighth blog in the Field Notes from a DevOps Cultural Anthropologist series. It is the first in a two-part blog series on the Ops side of the DevOps house. The first blog focuses on managing an Ops focused DevOps career and the second is an interview with leaders from the Ops-focused G2 Technology Group , a substantial and innovative Boston based DevOps managed services...

Continuous Intelligence: More Signal, Less Noise

This is the seventh blog in the Field Notes fro­­­m a DevOps Cultural Anthropologist series. This blog deals with the monitoring, the M in CAMS (Culture, Automation, Monitoring and Sharing). Monitoring is incredibly important to any DevOps organization. Good, efficient monitoring is elusive. There is a need to move from IT monitoring to continuous intelligence. The continuous...

ChatOps: A DevOps Accelerant

This is the sixth blog in the Field Notes from a DevOps Cultural Anthropologist series. This blog describes ChatOps, the collaboration model that makes distributed teams not only possible, but highly functional. I have been in the continuous delivery and DevOps industry for nine years and have made a number of observations during that time. I have seen strategies succeed – and fail...

Bramavihara: The Four Immeasurables of DevOps

This is the fifth blog in the Field Notes from a DevOps Cultural Anthropologist series. This blog describes DevOps’ requirement for community members to be nice, empathetic and kind. It introduces the Brahmavihara, which is a series of four Buddhist virtues also known as the four immeasurables. Practicing the Brahmavihara causes the practioner to be reborn into the “Brahma realm,”...

DevOps Dojos: Safe Places for Practice and Mentorship

This is the fourth blog in the Field Notes from a DevOps Cultural Anthropologist series. This blog describes DevOps Dojos: what they are, where they come from and why they are important to a DevOps community. I have been in the continuous delivery and DevOps industry for nine years and have made a number of observations during that time. I have seen strategies succeed – and fail...

Five DevOps Metaphors

This is the third blog in the Field Notes from a DevOps Cultural Anthropologist series. This blog describes five metaphors for talking and thinking about DevOps. Though each metaphor is completely different, they each share a core commonality, which I think of as the DNA of DevOps. I have been in the continuous delivery and DevOps industry for nine years and have made a number of...

CompOps: Continuous Delivery Needs Continuous Compliance

This is the second blog in the Field Notes from a DevOps Cultural Anthropologist series. This blog deals with the DevOps culture of CompOps a portmanteau of compliance-driven DevOps. I will discuss what it is, its importance and how it can benefit your organization. I have been in the continuous delivery and DevOps industry for nine years and have made a number of observations...

Field Notes from a DevOps Cultural Anthropologist

This is the first blog in an ongoing series of blogs about DevOps culture. That is, the environment necessary to attain a DevOps culture and how that culture benefits teams – and, ultimately, returns value to the business. I have been in the continuous delivery and DevOps industry for nine years and have made a number of observations during that time. I have seen strategies succeed...