Tanzu Talk: where did the ‘dev’ in DevOps go? Was it ever there?

I theorize about what the “dev” in DevOps has come to mean 15(?) years in. Here is the transcript: On October 4th, we have a great DevOps conference coming up, DevOps Loop. You can go to DevOpsLoop.io to attend for free. What we’ve been focusing on when we’re putting this agenda together is discussing what …

Reluctance to change – Notebook

I’ve proposed an open spaces for DevOpsDays Amsterdam, 2021. The idea is: The DevOps community pushes for people to change how they think and operate. When it comes to working better, we have proven tools, techniques, and even big picture ways of thinking like CALMS. You’re more than likely eager to try these new things, …

#log 2021-05-14

Since last time. From Napoleon to Nutella: The Birth of the Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread But, of course, a story that credits an invading force for a chocolate-confection-turned-regional-gem is not nearly as stirring as one that frames the chocolatiers as ingenious victors, who persevered in their trade in spite of the odds against them. And the motivation …

#log 2021-05-02

How to Get Started with—Real—Travel Photography Photographing the butcher on the corner of the street instead of someone dressed in traditional clothes solely for the purpose of pleasing tourists. Looking for real people and daily life instead of famous landmarks. That’s what going to make your photography interesting and stand out from the crowds. More …

_Working Backwards_, recent book on how Amazon runs.

_Working Backwards_, recent book on how Amazon runs.


– central is thinking about product features, not business. The business funds the product, the customer value – it’s the McGuffin that you careful guide to being cash flow. The question here is to find other org.s that have adopted abs adapted the practices successfully, or not.
– the advice at the end is pretty straightforward – the practices are kind of simple, so applying them just means deciding to do them – just like deciding to diet and exercise. It’s the deciding and sticking to it that’s hard.
– an analysis of this book requires an approach: don’t halo effect/shoot down the book and triumphs, focus on describing why others find it hard to act this way. This book isn’t wrong in it’s own story: the challenge is “scaling” the lessons learned to other orgs.
– They Still do intense annual planning, do they just do it “better”?
– Comp of max 160 and lots of equity is good? Probably.
– “wasted time” a common phrase, in interview chapter.
– people interested in high performance, not quality of life…?
– dependencies – something you need but can’t control/build/etc.
– we spent too much time coordinating and not enough building.
– dependency discussion (when they had a monolith) is a good business view in this tech stuff – do most LoB execs (outside Amazon) have this much IT knowledge?’
– Two pizza teams changes to single threaded leader – lots it emphasis on one person owning one thing, all parts of that thing. End-to-end.
– not a what decision, a who and how – figuring out how to respond to iTunes on Windows.
– Needs a long term focus.
– there isn’t talk of the “boring” retail business – warehouses/logistics, purchasing from suppliers, etc. how is that all run?

#log 2021-04-28

Creative “76% of employees employed by high-growth firms agree that their job requires them to be creative,” from “Creativity Catalyzes A Growth Mindset,” Forrester, April 2021. New talk on metrics I’m giving a new talk for the first time on May 10th, “Beyond DevOps metrics – technical, business, and culture metrics for the software defined …

After Minimalism

After Minimalism

> The new lobbies in New York all seem to have the same granite walls, the same glass doors, and the same abstract art in the lobbies. None of them stand for anything and they all share the same Airport-like aesthetic. Unlike Art Deco, they say nothing about the contemporary world or the stories of the people who built them.