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November 2013 - Self-Organization vs Global Optimization - Finding a Balance
We're fortunate to be joined by DevOps evangelist Niek Bartholomeus (http://niek.bartholomeus.be/) (@niekbartho) who will share his insight and experience about the tension between self-organizing teams and global optimization, both of which are needed for Continuous Delivery.
In large traditional enterprises - where typically more process-driven development processes are in place and the covered business domains are more mature than in web startups - there is an increasing need for improving the flow of software from development to operations. Although the high level DevOps concepts are the same as in newer web-based businesses, the main focus in these traditional enterprises should be on managing the dependencies between the numerous software components, rather than on pure speed of delivery. Niek believes that the context within these traditional enterprises is sufficiently different to justify a special flavour of DevOps: "DevOps for mature IT".
Niek blogs at http://niek.bartholomeus.be/