An imprecise definition of what “shift left” has come to mean

The charitable guidance on what “shift left” means is: operations and security people working closer with developers, being friendly with them, and vice-versa.

More or less it’s that lean idea of “move the decisions closer to where the work is actually done.” The phrase has gotten blown up to mean more than the original DevOps think (have developers put in work to make their apps run better in production, and have ops people work with developers to do so) to mean any activity that’s working closer with “developers” rather than in some waterfall-like, impersonal process before or after developers.

In response to a question in the Software Defined Talk Slack.