Adventures in Enterprise: Lessons Learned Promoting DevOps in a Legacy Organization


After many years doing DevOps-y things before learning the term “DevOps”, I moved to a larger, more traditional IT organization, with a goal of helping modernize their outdated technologies and practices. The next several years brought many challenges – technical, political, and interpersonal – some of which were more easily overcome, and some of which, well, not so much.

I’ll tell the story from where we started (spoiler alert: it’s about as much juicy legacy as anyone can handle) to where we ended up, what we got right, and where I went wrong. Whether you’re just starting out on your DevOps journey, or are well on your way, I hope I can impart some of what I’ve learned, for you to take back and help maximize the quality of your own teams’ relationships.

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Steve Desmond

 

Steve has been developing software professionally for more than a decade, working in tech and non-tech organizations alike, of both varying sizes and various stacks. A big-time proponent of (and small-time contributor to) open-source software, he’s also a retired ultramarathoner, constantly dreaming of coming out of retirement. Steve lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife and two kids.