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The Value Of Optimising For Resilience

What does it mean to optimise for resilience? Why is resilience so valuable to an organisation, and how can operability contribute towards it? In this article Steve Smith explains what optimising for resilience is, and why it is so valuable to IT delivery.Read More »

When Optimising For Robustness Fails

Why is it wrong to assume failures are preventable in IT? Why does optimising for robustness leave organisations ill-equipped to deal with failure, and what are the usual outcomes? In this article Steve Smith explains why a production environment is always in a state of failure, why optimising for robustness results in a brittle failure response process, and why Dual Value Streams are a common countermeasure to failure.Read More »

The Cost And Theatre Of Optimising For Robustness

Why do so many organisations optimise their delivery of IT services for robustness? What risk management practices are normally involved, and do their risk reduction capabilities outweigh their costs? In this article Steve Smith explains what optimising for robustness is, and why it is inadequate for IT service delivery. This is part of the Resilience As A Continuous Delivery Enabler series.Read More »

Discontinuous Delivery

Continuous Delivery is a set of principles and practices to improve the stability and throughput of a release process. But what does it mean to be practising Continuous Delivery? What comes beforehand, what comes afterwards, and how many deploys a day do you actually need?  The book "Measuring Continuous Delivery" by our founder Steve Smith describes how to guide the adoption of Continuous Delivery, using stability and throughput measurements. The book introduces a new term into the lexicon of Continuous Delivery - Discontinuous Delivery.Read More »

Aim for Operability, not DevOps As A Cult

The DevOps Handbook describes an admirable DevOps As A Philosophy based on flow, feedback, continual learning and experimentation. However, a near-decade of naivety, confusion, and profiteering surrounding DevOps has left the IT industry with DevOps As A Cult and the benefits of Operability are all too often overlooked. In this article Steve Smith explains why DevOps As A Philosophy is a laudable ideal, why DevOps As A Cult is the unpleasant reality, and why organisations should instead focus on Operability as an enabler of Continuous Delivery.Read More »

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