DevOps – not just a buzzword with iSQI

This year Amsterdam saw it’s 5th anniversary of the devopsdays, and with it came an interesting program. Different speakers had a broad DevOps background from which they shared lessons learned.

Effective DevOps

Katherine Daniels, co-author of the book “Effective DevOps”, had experienced first-hand how DevOps should be about creating connections. During her talk, she explained how DevOps brings together more than just Dev and Ops in organizations. In fact the cultural change needed to be really successful at applying / implementing DevOps creates an “all inclusive” workplace, which in turn can help prevent Burnouts. An interesting take on what looks more like a technical approach.


From yet another angle Security was addressed in DevSecOps. Ilka Turunen explained that the majority of projects are measured by whether they come in by the following criteria: First of all, are they On Time, secondly are they within Budget and the fact whether they have acceptable risks/quality only comes in after that. Security is probably still the least appreciated area in the developing process and the rate of  developers and ops people to security people in organizations is (on average) 100 to 1, not in favor of the security people. Security should become an embedded process during development and not at the end, where it will lead to problems which could have been avoided, had they been addressed during the development stage.  Security leaks are in the news almost daily, one of the major reasons for this is that hackers can easily find their way into systems that very often use some open source code through used applications or functionality. But even through the Bluetooth connectivity offered by so many systems and devices today, hackers can get easy access. Security needs to become an intrinsic part of DevOps, therefore the speaker advocates DevSecOps.

The Well of Despair

Successful DevOps in organizations depends on resilient teams able to execute the tasks at hand, says Hannah Foxwell. As change brings about a lot of emotion, the “The Well of Despair” is a huge risk threatening teams, and understanding the threat is the first step towards better resiliency. The high level of change, pressure and workload combined with the change in organizational teams and structures can easily leave individuals feeling isolated and unable to succeed at the tasks they find laid out before them. On top of this all, organizations usually are in the process of multiple projects, programs and implementations, which even deepens the threat of falling into the “Well of Despair”. If the emotional cycle of change is not understood and managed. Resilient teams enable the individual to feel connected and empowered. The parallel to the speaker on “Effective DevOps” is very clear. DevOps is not only a technical, or IT approach. It is much more an organizational change that requires a culture enabling the changes needed to be successful.

Summarizing all perspectives we see that iSQI’s portfolio of certifications, aimed at supporting organizations and professionals, achieve the change required. Whether talking about the DevOps Agile Skills Association’s (DASA) portfolio that looks at the T-shaped competency profile of the professionals or the iSQI Agile Teaming portfolio, helping teams work together in an Agile approach to deliver results.  Furthermore, the IREB® Requirements Engineering supports a better understanding of what is actually required. ISTQB® Security Testing fits perfectly well into the mix of testing and DevOps, leading to a more DevSecOps-like environment. And this is just a tip of the iceberg. Talk to us about how iSQI can help your organization be more effective with DevOps.

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