Word of the Week
as of July 2020
DevOps is a customer-value-driven approach to deliver solutions using agile methods, collaboration and automation. DevOps emphasizes people, culture and collaboration between development, operations and other stakeholders to improve the delivery of customer value. DevOps implementations seek to continually improve the flow of work by removing constraints with the intent of improving the delivery of customer value as a result. In the 2019 Gartner DevOps Adoption and Implementation Challenges Survey, 65% of respondents say they are piloting or in the early stages of adoption. Twenty-nine percent report they have adopted DevOps, 8% plan to by the end of 2021 and only 8% report no plans. DevOps has moved from being a emergent perspective for organizations requiring high-speed change to being a proven collection of practices and tools that can enable all organizations to deliver customer value faster and/or more predictably
Bruce Schneier says “we need to embrace inefficiency to save our economy”
For decades, we have prized efficiency in our economy. We strive for it. We reward it. In normal times, that’s a good thing. Running just at the margins is efficient. A single just-in-time global supply chain is efficient. Consolidation is efficient. And that’s all profitable. Inefficiency, on the other hand, is waste. Extra inventory is inefficient. Overcapacity is inefficient. Using many small suppliers is inefficient. Inefficiency is unprofitable.
But inefficiency is essential security, as the COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us. All of the overcapacity that has been squeezed out of our healthcare system; we now wish we had it. All of the redundancy in our food production that has been consolidated away; we want that, too. We need our old, local supply chains