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Gene Kim and Red Hat IT Part 3: A DevOps Implementation Strategy

Part three of a four-part series on DevOps with Gene Kim and Red Hat IT.

Panelists:

  • Bill Montgomery: Manager, Red Hat IT
  • Steve Milner: Engineer, Red Hat IT
  • Jen Krieger: Product Owner, Red Hat IT
  • Tim Bielawa: Engineer, Red Hat IT
  • Chris Murphy: Engineer, Red Hat IT

Introduction: Gene Kim, award-winning CTO and co-author of “The Phoenix Project,” recently sat down with Red Hat IT’s Inception team to discuss their DevOps mission. Here are the highlights from the conversation.

On the Inception team’s DevOps and CI/CD implementation strategy:

Gene: Why did you decide to first focus on release automation?

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Gene Kim and Red Hat IT Part 1: Getting DevOps Off the Ground

This is part one of a four-part series on DevOps with Gene Kim and Red Hat IT’s Inception Team.

Panelists:

  • Bill Montgomery: Manager, Red Hat IT
  • Steve Milner: Engineer, Red Hat IT
  • Jen Krieger: Product Owner, Red Hat IT
  • Tim Bielawa: Engineer, Red Hat IT
  • Chris Murphy: Engineer, Red Hat IT

Introduction: Gene Kim, award-winning CTO and co-author of “The Phoenix Project,” recently sat down with Red Hat IT’s Inception team to discuss their DevOps mission. Here are the highlights from the conversation.

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What will DevOps in Red Hat IT look like in a few months?

This is a brief story about DevOps at Red Hat IT in the near future. It’s fiction–all the individual and team names are fabricated–but it’s grounded in very real and typical circumstances.The goal is to describe some of the business capabilities one can expect after making some moderate investments in DevOps, and then debrief on what investments were made to be able to tell this success story. It aims to be relatable to anyone working in corporate IT, technical or otherwise.

Note, some of the capabilities described here will be enabled by the work in progress by Red Hat IT on Release Engine (github link). When we refer to “Release Engine” in the story this is what we’re talking about; it’s the one name that’s not fictional.

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Red Hat IT's DevOps Journey: harder than we thought

Back in December, I shared with you how Red Hat IT was beginning its DevOps transformation. That early post discussed our strategy, team composition, the importance of Open Source, and incremental change. It’s been about three months and I’d like to share an update with some early lessons learned.

Overall impression so far? This is harder than we thought.

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Red Hat IT Begins Its DevOps Journey

DevOps is all about culture, right? Yeah, it’s developers and operators working more closely, but it’s more than that. DevOps is a culture that exudes the principles of Agile, Lean, and Open Source, to deliver higher quality products and services faster, more continuously, and more predictably.

So, if we accept DevOps is a culture, and your CIO gives you a mandate to transform his or her organization to a DevOps organization, you’re now effectively responsible for an organizational culture change initiative. That’s the situation I found myself in recently, when Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon asked me to lead a DevOps enablement team in his IT organization. At a few weeks in with our new team, called Inception, I’d like to share our approach:

1. Build culture through practices. Culture is the sum of the habits and behaviors of a group. I don’t believe culture can be changed through mandates. But, Inception’s mission is to change the organization’s culture. So, how?

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