Re: How DevOps Is Like A Formula 1 Pit Crew
I like this comparison, Peter, particularly for someone who may be new to DevOps. We hear a lot (and have a lot of articles here on InformationWeek) about how you some people don't quite 'get' DevOps even though they're trying to adopt it... about how you can't just throw DevOps at an organization and have it stick. That's very true, and I think I'll point anyone I suspect is guilty of being a DevOps bandwagoner without really 'getting' it directly at this article in the future. It's about being adaptable - treating it like a checklist defeats the purpose.
In that sense, I think it bears consideration just how fundamental a shift DevOps is for many organizations. Imagine telling the support team for an NFL team (which, truth be told, I have no idea what one looks like or does) to suddenly switch gears and become a pit crew. Maybe the comparison wears a little thin at that point, but DevOps is a shift for development teams so unlike anything they've faced before... you can't blame people for sometimes not getting it right. In that vein, I think it still bears thinking twice whether DevOps is really necessary for your organization. You don't want to be a pit crew supporting an NFL team.