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August 2018 – DevOps Research

by Christopher Little  |  August 21, 2018  |  Submit a Comment

I’ve already had some interesting discussions around a note out this month on measuring flow through toolchains.  DOTC

Code is only creating value for the business when it is being used by customers.  So we’ve focused more on the natural flow and use the working definition of “lead time” as being shorthand for “code commit to production use by a customer lead time”. That’s the I&O focus for their portion of product delivery and addresses the classic question “how quickly can you meet business requirements to put code into production?” This research goes into a lot more yet is a very short read. I recommend a look.

Improve Agility, Speed and Predictability With 4 Essential DevOps Toolchain Performance Metrics

Another note out this month is a drill down on details based on the first recommendation from the June note “Three Essential DevOps Actions to Perform When Dev Groups Go Agile). Agile Methodology has an immediate and blunt impact on I&O and we identify what those will be so I&O leaders can plan accordingly. So if June’s high-level note isn’t detailed enough and you want deeper insight into its’ first recommendation (basically guidance on how to “operationalize Dev”) this note will help:

First When Dev Goes Agile, Operationalize Dev With 3 Key DevOps Activities

We continue to see interest in Google’s SRE approach and are introducing publications on that. Site Reliability Engineering has many interesting features for I&O leaders to consider. Our first note is out this month and entitled:

Top Five SRE Practices Needed by Teams Scaling DevOps

And last, an Impact Appraisal announcing a change in how we do coverage. Given the market evolution, we are renaming the MQ and CC for Application Release Automation to Application Release Orchestration. This note explains why:

DevOps-Ready Release Management Requires Orchestration, Not Just Automation

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Christopher Little
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Christopher Little is a Research Director in the IT Operations Management group in Gartner Research. Mr. Little focuses on automation tools and technologies in support of DevOps practices. Read Full Bio

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