As you may know, we just got back from sponsoring DevOps Enterprise Summit San Francisco (DOES17)! We were excited to be there alongside VersionOne to demonstrate, for the first time, our combined company and solutions. With VersionOne, we now offer solutions for every stage of the software development lifecycle—from planning and development to delivery. Our booth demonstrated how each of our products addresses every step of the SDLC, but we were most excited to share our DevOps product, Continuum, with attendees.
Continuum has enterprise DevOps automation and intelligence capabilities to measure and optimize DevOps performance and accelerate software delivery with Value Stream Management, plus integrates with leading software application development solutions to provide value stream visibility.
Many of those who stopped by the booth were interested to see Continuum in action and had some great questions about DevOps on a higher level. One thing we took away from some of these discussions is that many people are still finding it challenging to nail down one solid definition of DevOps. From our perspective, DevOps means different things to different organizations – it really all depends on what industry you are in, how large and distributed your company is, and what stage of the transformation you are on.
While we learned a lot from attendees stopping by the booth, we also took home with us some common themes and trends from three days of sessions. This year’s conference focused on six key themes: architecture, business buy-in, experience reports, ops and next generation leadership, security and compliance, and technology for technology leaders. It was great hearing from companies of all shapes and sizes including Disney, Nationwide Insurance, Stich Fix, the Department of Defense and many more. We could speak ad nauseam about all of these themes, but there are a few that really stuck out for us.
The first had to do with systems thinking and ownership. This involves looking at not only your developer and operations teams, but having every team in your organization clued in to your software development. This includes QA/test, HR, finance, executives, etc. Why? You may have been hearing that “every company is a software company” – and since the software you deliver is what directly faces your customers (customer experience) then everyone team in the organization should have stock in software delivery. In particular, check out the talk from Erica Morrison and Scott Prugh of CSG International. They describe this model as being truly end-to-end and ensuring that customer experience needs and business value is being met.
Another key takeaway had to do with transformational leadership. Many talks, like Steve Mayner’s of Scaled Agile, directly tackled the topic, but many other speakers also name-dropped this style of leadership in their talks. There are many traits of a transformational leader, including vision, authenticity, growth and creativity. Transformational leaders do not lead with fear; they are open to continually learning, owning up to mistakes, and working alongside staff instead of above them. In fact, organizations with transformational leaders are more likely to be high performers than those without them. At the end of the day, while the tools and processes of DevOps are important, it really comes down to people. After all, they are the ones implementing the tools and processes, so having your teams on board is absolutely critical.
There is still so much more information we are digesting after these three incredible days, but wanted to give you a glimpse into what we learned! If you want to learn more, keep your eyes on the IT Revolution YouTube page where they will be posting all of the video recordings from the sessions.
We look forward to participating in DevOps Enterprise Summit for years to come. Make sure to stay tuned for more exciting news from us coming to you in early 2018.