I hope anyone reading this blog is following the great series of essays on Agile Web Operations about DevOps from all the luminaries in the field.
Is DevOps Being Hijacked by Technologists? by Lindsay Holmwood also says it’s about communication and collaboration, and wonders if it’s not getting turned into tool showcase hour.
DevOps: State of the Nation by Chris Read talks about the history of DevOps and reiterates what the other posts are saying – here’s a great quote:
DevOps is at best vaguely-defined and at worst simply a sales placeholder for pitching operations-related products and services. The reason for this is that DevOps is primarily a cultural and organizational shift, rather than a set of practices, tools or techniques.
My working definition is: DevOps is the integration of Agile principles with Operations practices.