From iterative improvement to the breaking down of silos, the core concepts of the ““DevOps”” movement represent a shift in how the technology industry perceives the status quo. And, the community continues to thrive as DevOps practices increasingly infect other industries like banks, manufacturers, schools, and retail chains. But as the movement continues to grow, the full breadth of its benefits are limited by the scope of what we as practitioners apply its principles to. Focused on solving the challenges of development and operations communities, it is easy to forget that we have a responsibility to the global community and culture as well.
By expanding our mindset from the software development life cycle to the human life cycle, we can use DevOps practices to create a culture of change in the world, rather than just our silo of the world. We’ll examine some of the challenges faced by globally underrepresented communities and apply common DevOps principles to iterate on current solutions and offer fresh perspectives in pursuit of betterment.
Jody is a theatre major-turned-technologist with a passion for languages of all kinds and a soft-spot for animals of the canine variety. As a Solutions Architect at Chef Software, she works to help people solve their automation woes by connecting the dots between infrastructure, security, and application development and deployment. She has worked with tech giants and small startups, in large groups and intimate teams, and across varying degrees of technical competency.