Gene Kim Reveals his Top Lessons Learned while Writing “The DevOps Handbook”

How do you ensure your DevOps transformation takes your company in the right direction?

Tiffany Jaffe
Tiffany Jaffe, February 14, 2017 3:15 pm
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DevOps transformation is a common initiative occurring across many industries, but how do you ensure your goals of world-class agility, reliability, and security are met?

Researching and Writing with Gene Kim

For more than five years DevOps Enthusiast and Author Gene Kim worked alongside Jez Humble, Patrick Debois and John Willis, to writeThe DevOps Handbook. With the end-goal of mapping the complete journey of a DevOps transformation, this handbook serves as a guide for company leaders on how to maximize organizational learnings, increase employee satisfaction, and win in the marketplace with DevOps.

We invite you to join our webinar on March 1st, featuring Gene himself, to discuss his top lessons learned while researching and co-writing The DevOps Handbook. Gene will share specific DevOps transformation case studies around continuous integration and continuous delivery, along with Jez Humble’s latest definitions of continuous delivery and continuous deployment. He analyzes how Conway’s Law and architecture can both help and hinder the achievement of goals, before exploring concrete techniques to build a culture of continuous experimentation, such as those used by Google, Etsy, Nordstrom, and Capital One.

Whether you are well on your way to completing a DevOps transformation or have not yet started, you do not want to miss this opportunity to review how your organization’s upcoming goals compare to the best in the industry.

Sneak Peek into The DevOps Handbook

Why do DevOps, and where to start? The DevOps Handbook was written with one goal in mind, “…to describe how to replicate the DevOps transformations we’ve been a part of or have observed, as well as dispel many of the myths of why DevOps won’t work in certain situations”.

Even with many IT organizations moving in the direction of DevOps, there is still a gap of conflict driving Development and IT Operations teams apart. Evidence of this is seen in slow time to market, poor quality and outage spikes. The problem is explored in the handbook: “One factor that contributes to this is the often competing goals of Development and IT Operations. IT organizations are responsible for many things. Among them are the two following goals, which must be pursued simultaneously:

  • "Respond to the rapidly changing competitive landscape
  • "Provide stable, reliable, and secure service to the customer”

Varying incentives and measurement systems across Development and IT Operations cause a division of organizational goals, which in turn can lead to undesirable business outcomes. Ultimately, The DevOps Handbook explains the steps to take in tackling your DevOps transformation to become a more agile and reliable business: “…DevOps shows us that when we have the right architecture, the right technical practices, and the right cultural norms, small teams of developers are able to quickly, safely, and independently develop, integrate, test, and deploy changes into production”.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from Gene Kim, co-author of The DevOps Handbook. Register for the webinar today to reserve your place!

The DevOps Handbook, which has 480 pages, 23 chapters, over 40 case studies and numerous appendices, is available at local bookstores and online through either IT Revolution or

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Tiffany Jaffe

Tiffany Jaffe

Tiffany Jaffe is Regional Marketing Specialist for North, South and Latin America at Automic Software. Based in Bellevue, Washington, Tiffany has a strong history of campaign development and execution across a variety of marketing platforms. While constantly working to drive awareness and share the Automic story, she also enjoys traveling and exploring new cities in her downtime.