Posts: Culture

Understanding DevOps

Jan 18, 2019

When it comes down to defining DevOps, the industry itself is guilty of muddying the waters, grabbing every opportunity to turn the newest hot term into a lucrative service offering, regardless of how that term is understood. This has lead to as many definitions as there are opinions with DevOps being described among other things as automation practices, a CI/CD pipeline, a philosophy related to maintaining IT infrastructure and even a job title. However, when Patrick Debois back in 2009 embarked on a mission to bring the Agile mindset to the world of IT operations by choosing Ghent, Belgium as the location to organize the first DevOpsDays conference, my understanding of his intent was:

to decrease time to value supported by solid partnerships and automation practices.

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Observations from the (track and) field

Jan 9, 2019

In 1968 a little-known high jumper, Dick Fosbury, won Olympic gold by breaking with convention.
Traditionally, high jumpers would scissor kick over the bar, and Fosbury encountered much skepticism as he took a new approach - jumping with his back to the bar. While the other competitors focused on optimizing their existing step by step techniques, Dick Fosbury experimented, and by trial and error perfected a successful new approach - the Fosbury Flop. The Flop became the go-to practice, and within a decade, no high jumper using any other techniques has won since.

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Making every team thrive

Oct 16, 2018

As soon as the sun first rises above the horizon in Springtime and melts the accumulated snow and ice, high in the Canadian arctic on Baffin Island, the arctic poppy hangs on to every ray of light it can grab and livening up the rocks it grows in between and on top of. When the sun no longer disappears during midsummer nights, its stem rotates the full 360° so that the flower maximizes the benefits from the scarce warmth and light it needs to grow. The circumstances in the high arctic are harsh such that very few plants or animals can survive. Yet, the delicate arctic poppy has found a way to thrive there.

Arctiq poppy

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