Gene Kim: Charting DevOps milestones and metrics
To advance your DevOps efforts and drive success, you need to understand precisely where you stand.
For those of us deeply immersed in the rapidly advancing DevOps revolution, sometimes it’s hard to remember that we’re still early on in this game.
As discussion of ’unicorn’ adopters has grown somewhat weary – given that these organizations tend to be those whose business models lend themselves to transformation (such as App Economy darlings Uber and Airbnb, etc.) – practitioners have made it abundantly clear that they seek more practical guidance as to where they should expect to find themselves on this journey.
Despite his status as one of the recognized “godfathers” of DevOps, or at the very least one of its most visible spokesman, noted entrepreneur and author Gene Kim (co-author of “The Phoenix Project” and other seminal works) remains intimately connected to the movement’s real-world standing through his continued thought leadership work.
Based on this close connectivity to practitioners – those with both advanced and more nascent initiatives – there’s perhaps no better person to ask which milestones, challenges and performance metrics represent the hallmarks of today’s existing DevOps adopters.
In a recent interview, Gene shared some interesting feedback on what he’s hearing out on the conference circuit and elsewhere in speaking to various stakeholders about their current DevOps strategies.
Filmed at CA World ’15, the interview is definitely worth viewing in its entirety, as it touches on timely DevOps maturity topics, including:
Milestones: According to Kim, there is palpable progress being made related to the continued expansion and strategic import of DevOps adoption, namely:
Challenges: Based on some ongoing research, Kim said there are five primary challenges that most organizations are working to address today, related to:
Metrics: In terms of leveraging metrics to deepen internal DevOps buy-in, and further drive home the overarching business case, today’s critical metrics include:
Worth noting, the research project that Kim is referencing, which surveyed over 20,000 organizations, also concludes that DevOps “high performers” continue to greatly outpace their peers in how they chart progress related to those metrics.
So there you have it. Watch the video for the full interview, and register for the 2nd annual DevOps Virtual Summit where Gene Kim and other thought leaders will be sharing additional perspective on current trends and best practices.
The very nature of DevOps is such that every element of the SDLC is treated like a work-in-progress. Yet, one of the critical elements of advancing your overall effort and driving success is understanding precisely where you stand.