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DevOps Talent: Grow It Internally
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User Rank: Ninja
9/29/2014 | 7:52:59 AM
Re: DevOps Talent
DevOps is a philosophy and a framework. It entails a significant change to business as usual inside of IT. Anything that fundamentally transforms the operation is going to require staff to grow and adapt. A consultant can provide in coming along side an internally staffed transformation team to help them navigate the waters of change. In the end, however, the internal team must own, champion and influence for the change.
User Rank: Ninja
9/27/2014 | 7:49:19 AM
Re: DevOps Talent
I think you're right on the money, Nathen. After all, DevOps is not like putting in new infrastructure or new systems... the whole idea is that it's a different way of thinking, a restructuring of your processes and how your people get their jobs done. If you look at it that way, it seems almost silly that anyone would think they could buy their way into it. That being said, I like kstaron's point that that in itself doesn't necessarily mean contractors have no place in the process.

Step one is sitting down and deciding whether DevOps is right for your business and what it will mean for you. You mention automation and large-scale projects a lot, Nathen. You're right to do so - but if those don't sound like things your company needs, then maybe DevOps is not for you after all. Likewise, there's no hard rules here (in fact, that's kind of the point) - don't force your people to adopt a model that's not right for them. DevOps is foremost about lessening friction in the Dev process. Don't make the mistake of increasing it instead.
User Rank: Ninja
9/26/2014 | 7:01:26 PM
Becoming the DevOps guy
Very good post in what to look for in bringing up a DevOps person within the organization. Although one would hope that traits like continous learning would be rampant in the IT department. If you choose to grow one internally the consulting may still a good option to get the seed of DevOp growing as fast as possible. With the severe shortage of DevOp people do you have any tips for people looking to place themselves in a position to become a DevOp guy?

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