Creative & Technology: A Partnership - DevOpsDays MSN 2016
02 Nov 2016
This talk has been brewing for over two years. While talking to Patrick Debois at DevOpsDays Minneapolis 2014 the conversation meandered outside the typical confines of dev & ops. It was around the time Patrick joined Small Town Heroes, and I was reflecting on the parallels between themes at DevOpsDays and my work at Critical Mass. It felt like the issues we as a community were discussing were much more easily reconciled than the approach differences of Creative and Technology in my work environment.
I have come to believe that the premise that dev and ops are at odds is a fallacy. Sure, there are perverse organizational structures that silo expertise and incent them against one another, but I’m operating under the assumption that such easily identified wrongs aren’t present. What I was left to ponder (and later enumerate) were strategies and tactics that can be used to create high-performance, cohesive, multi-disciplinary teams.
Here’s an abridged outline of what I covered in the talk:
- Mission statement
- Participating & sharing in each others’ work process
- Building trust
- Surprise reduction
- Psychological safety
anticipate other's needs."
DevOps is about tools and culture. As much as I enjoy the occasional tool-smithing indulgence, I find the topic of leadership’s role in creating an environment that nurtures high-performance teams even more enjoyable and satisfying. Leave a comment or ping me on Twitter if you’d like to discuss further. Cheers.