Anyone who works in IT or software development will tell you, the pressure to deliver more, faster is as intense as ever. And this need for speed often comes at the expense of strategic planning.  This reminds us of the old quote, “You have to go slow in order to go fast.” which dates back to approximately 27 BC when Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire used the Latin phrase “Festina Lente,” – “Make haste, slowly.” It’s a simple concept – take the time to build a solid plan before you act, and you’re more likely to achieve your goals and outperform your less prepared competitors.  

At OpsMx, we work with customers around the world, managing some of the largest and most complex Spinnaker deployments. One thing we consistently see is that the best performing DevOps teams are the ones who have learned this lesson. They perform periodic assessments of their CD process, review and update strategic goals, and build plans to achieve their goals. 

Again, sounds simple. But something else we regularly see are DevOps teams that are understaffed, overworked, and doing the best they can to manage the inherent complexities of DevOps and CD. This side of DevOps was eloquently described a couple years ago by Chris Dodds in his post “Dirty Secrets of DevOps” where he wrote “Implementing DevOps is Really @#$!ing Hard.” 

We agree. That’s why we’ve decided to make January all about helping DevOps teams improve their ability to strategically plan for success with new resources and complimentary planning workshops. 

Workshop: Building your Plan for CD Success – OpsMx is now offering complimentary CD Planning Workshops to help DevOps teams start 2020 on a solid path for success. In this interactive 2-hour session, an OpsMx CD expert walks your team through the OpsMx strategic planning framework, helping you to assess your current CD maturity, set strategic goals, and build an action plan to achieve those goals.  Contact us today to schedule a workshop.     

The OpsMx CD Planning Guide and Checklist – Later this month we’ll also be publishing an ebook guide detailing the strategic planning framework OpsMx uses with its clients around the world, managing some of the largest Spinnaker deployments. The guide will also contain a comprehensive checklist of questions you can use to assess your CD maturity, set strategic goals, and build an action plan to meet your goals. 

Webinar – On Wednesday Jan 29th at 10am PST, OpsMx will be presenting the webinar: To go faster, first slow down – Building a Strategic Plan for DevOps and CD Success. Attend the webinar to learn: 

  • Key criteria for assessing the state of your CD process
  • Best practices for building strategic plans that set your team up for success
  • How to measure progress and continue your improvement

When you attend the webinar, you’ll also get a complimentary copy of The CD Planning Guide and Checklist. Register for the webinar today.

We hope you find the planning guide and webinar informative and helpful in terms of thinking about how to build a DevOps and CD plan. Remember, we are here should you need help. Contact us to schedule a planning workshop or discuss how OpsMx can help you on your Spinnaker journey.


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