Past, Present, and Future Stories

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All the things, written and unwritten.

Up Next

Here’s my list of work in progress. Let me know if you’re interested in discussing, or would like to see other stuff on this list!

  • Regulatory Compliance: What Worked for Us
  • Six Keys to Implementing Observability for DevOps
  • Pipeline Tooling
  • Five Footnotes on Logging
  • A Series on the Triad T2556

Beginning DevOps

This is the opening story that I’d been thinking about for a long time.

While we were setting out, I was embarrassed to talk about our approach because it all seemed like common sense, and something that everyone should be doing. I didn’t want to state the obvious. As I moved on and learned more about how other companies were approaching (or not approaching) this stuff, I began to realize that — while not unique — we had learned and developed uncommon skills, approaches, and mindsets.

It was an incredible journey and we learned and accomplished so much!

DevOps Anti-Patterns

Sometimes it’s hard to be sure that the culture is fully DevOps. After all, this is a path of continuous improvement, and always striving to become better is part of the DNA. There’s also a lot of nuance and opinion on what DevOps means, and a lot of ways to get there.

So, I was thinking: what about an alternative symptom-based checklist to measure how far you are on the journey? I came up with some ideas to use as a gauge. Essentially… How DevOpsey are you?

By DevOpsey, of course, I mean all of the things in the DevOps Loop (plan, create, verify, package, release, configure, monitor). But it also applies to things like the DevOps Superpattern, and probably a bunch of other things too.

I kept adding stuff to the article until I realized that it was getting too big and needed to split it out. So here’s a series…

Lifecycle and Governance

DevOps Basics

Pipeline Tooling

Remote Working


The Triad T2556


In addition to what’s already published, I keep a list of other topics I’d like to cover. Add a comment if there’s something you’d like to see added to this list!

  • Wrangling Slack: Keeping Things Under Control
  • Promoting a Self-Service Culture
  • Leveraging ChatOps
  • Leveraging GitOps
  • EBITDA and Cloud
  • Foundational tooling work (typically one article per layer)
  • Choosing Software and Software Components
  • Our DevOps Aspirations
  • The 1–2-n Problem and Artifact Retention
  • Keeping RESTful Services Lean
  • DevOps and W Edwards Deming
  • Quality Engineering versus Quality Assurance
  • Cost Efficiencies of Cloud Infrastructure
  • An Approach to Using Kanban for Projects
  • DevOps Friendly Branching Strategies
  • The Basics of Troubleshooting
  • Sponsorship in your company
  • Who’s On-Call?
  • Cattle not Cats
  • “Can’t Even” Syndrome
  • Organizational Momentum
  • Lean Product Management and DevOps
  • What should be part of common, shared infrastructure?
  • Why you need automated provisioning

Random Other Stuff

Evolution of a Space Capability
  • Discovering Evolution of a Space Capability
  • 3D Printing threaded holes
  • Fitting 3D parts together
  • Building heavy 3D printed components

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