Follow the Yellow Brick Road – Our Journey to the Cloud

Over the holiday period, I watched the classic movie: The Wizard of Oz. In the movie, a tornado rips through Kansas, and Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. Here they journey on the yellow brick road to the distant Emerald City to […]

Keep CALMS & DevOps: S is for Sharing

S is for Sharing in CALMS. One day, my son came home from kindergarten and was waxing lyrically about: “Sharing is caring”. A simple phrase taught to a child to help them to understand that sharing provides a benefit. I realize that there is a pattern developing here with my use of children’s sayings to […]

Keep CALMS & DevOps: M is for Measure

While thinking about how to articulate what “Measure” means for DevOps, I kept having flashbacks to a toy that my son had when he was younger. The toy was a Handy Manny doll which, when his belt buckle was pressed, would utter many useful and life affirming statements. One of the expressions uttered by Manny […]

Keep CALMS & DevOps: L is for Lean

Often the adoption of DevOps goes hand-in-hand with the application of lean practices. Lean practices are focused on value creation for the end customer with minimal waste and processes. When thinking of lean practices, small nimble startups come to mind, but consider the behemoth Amazon. Image: CNET / James Martin You may have read the […]

Keep CALMS & DevOps: A is for Automation

To err is human! Below is a list of infamous outages, which occurred due human error: AWS S3 Outage Feb 28th 2017: “an authorized S3 team member…one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly” [source:]Knight Capital Group $440m glitch: “The incident happened due to a technician forgetting to copy the new Retail […]

Keep CALMS & DevOps: C is for Culture

Some might call me an armchair football fan. I know all the teams, facts and figures, I’m good at Fantasy Football, but please don’t ask me to play the game! The same could be said about me and DevOps. But, one of the reasons I was asked to champion this topic is that there is […]

Keep CALMS and DevOps

A number of years ago as part of a transformation we were undergoing, I was championing the cultural shift towards a DevOps philosophy. As part of this championing, I published a number of internal blogs. I’m publishing them externally now as I believe the philosophy still relevant today… Why DevOps? The world is a rapidly […]


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