In search of DevOps: 11 questions this picture made me ask
We all agree on what DevOps isn’t: a product, service, mineral, or celestial body. And we mostly agree to disagree on when the coveted “DevOps” badge is earned. All of which is deeply unsatisfying.
I needed an answer to the question “what is DevOps?” so I turned to that oracle in the cloud, that omniscient arbiter of global zeitgeist. Boy was I disappointed.
Above is the first Google image result for the search “DevOps”.
Huh? 11 questions it made me ask...
- Seriously. You ever see developers sit that close to the ops team?
- Is that developer reading the New York Times? Graphic’s too big to be Slashdot or Stack Overflow.
- Why is the ops dude sitting at a desk? At least he seems to be playing World of Warcraft. Or looking at the molecular structure of table salt.
- Who uses a PC any more?
- I would if mine hovered three inches off the desk. Does that mean it’s banned from planes?
- Are those disk drives?
- Who sits at the opposite side of the desk from the workstation? Is that ergonomically sound?
- Small heads? Small monitors? Either way, definitely not Silicon Valley.
- Somewhere, Mr. Venn’s vomiting in his grave. Since when do dev and ops overlap by a third?
- One developer per ops engineer? Haven’t seen that ratio since booth babes roamed the floor of Internet World in 2000.
- No facial hair? Tattoos? Vendor swag? Definitely stand-ins from marketing.
11 questions. No answers. But I know DevOps isn’t two bald dudes with the posture of a creamsicle in matching cubicles reading op eds.