Podcast Ep. 12: The Importance of Embedding a DevOps Skill Set into Your Team
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Podcast Ep. 12: The Importance of Embedding a DevOps Skill Set into Your Team


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Episode Description:

Your host, Dan Neumann, is excited to bring you two guests for this week’s episode — repeat guest, Eric Landes, and Barry Matheney. Eric and Barry are AgileThinkers alongside Dan at AgileThought, and are both experts in the DevOps space.

Eric Landes is a Scrum.org certified professional Scrum trainer and currently serves as a Senior DevOps Consultant, ALM Director and Solutions Architect. Barry also is a Senior DevOps Consultant. Prior to his role at AgileThought, Barry served as Director Enterprise Applications at Kforce Inc.

Today, they’re talking about DevOps and the importance of having it on Scrum teams. They cover whether the barriers between Agile, Scrum, and DevOps are good or bad; what well-functioning Scrum teams look like when they have DevOps skills embedded into them; how to incorporate DevOps into organizations; what DevOps skills could bring to a team; and how DevOps can fit into even the most traditional of companies.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the host and the guests. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of AgileThought, other organizations, or other individuals. 



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Key Takeaways

  • Is it good or bad that there are barriers between Agile or Scrum and DevOps?
    • It is disadvantageous to separate DevOps from Agile or Scrum, because it is important that your team has all the skills they need to deliver software
    • You need DevOps skills on your team and it should be a goal to incorporate it
  • What do well-functioning Scrum teams look like when they have DevOps skills embedded into them?
    • Self-sufficient
    • Not limited by dependence on other teams or organizations
    • Eliminates walls and allows for continuous delivery
  • How to incorporate DevOps into organizations:
    • Use baby steps
    • Use it to inform the beginning of the development cycle and product decisions down the line
  • What DevOps skills bring to a team:
    • Experimentation or hypothesis-driven development
    • Rapid deployment and continuous delivery
    • Tons of not-so-visible benefits (such as auditing, compliance, security, deployability, and testability)
  • How DevOps can fit into traditional companies:
    • Remove constraints (such as specific deployment dates)
    • Automate the value the compliance brings


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Like what you heard? Check out our podcast page for more episodes full of interesting discussions, agile insights, and helpful resources.

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