Software Quality Insights

Apr 30 2016   11:32PM GMT

Agile, DevOps and the flavor of the week

Valerie Silverthorne Profile: Valerie Silverthorne


Suddenly, in mid April 2016, everyone, and I do mean everyone, is talking about DevOps. They’re talking about Agile, too, of course, but unless I’m imagining things, it’s DevOps that seems to have captured everyone’s attention.

Last I looked, DevOps adoption was hovering at a (more than likely optimistic) 20% or so in mostly companies that self-identified as digital disrupters (in a survey of 1442). But now…it’s ALM and DevOps, it’s DevOps and security, it’s DevOps DevOps, Devops, oh, and Agile too.

So when did Agile become so last week? SearchSoftwareQuality columnist Jenn Lent, in her end of 2015 column, predicted this might be the year when Agile actually grows up. Seems it might have grown up so quickly that’s it’s morphing in to that next thing.

Is this bandwagon jumping, or is this real? I asked the last CEO I interviewed, who is rolling out a new product aimed at the DevOps market, just what kinds of companies he thought were going whole hog for DevOps. His answer: large companies and startups. Hmmm…those are the same kinds of companies still doing — and working on — Agile.

Another source I talked to a few months back was actually laughing about DevOps. To paraphrase, he said he felt Agile had already upset the apple cart for testers and developers and asking them now to take the HUGE step and embrace DevOps? Crazy talk.

And then there’s the CEO of Shippable who didn’t hold back…he straight up hated developers. Until he was one. And he still thinks the way DevOps is implemented is ridiculous. He calls it a whole “Kumbayah” thing.

But, he’s also got a product focused on making DevOps easier to implement, so he obviously believes in the concept.

So let me ask you — is the DevOps train coming by your town? And what’s happening with Agile while that happens?

It feels like change is coming. What do you think?

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  • lmcdunna
    Yup. The DevOps train has come to our town too. For the most part, it's just all talk. Agile is just fine. I don't see the massive org structure shift and role blending happening real soon. I've seen a few copies of The Phoenix Project floating around tho.
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