Pick a Lane: The fallacy of generalists-only in DevOps

A presentation at DevOpsDays PDX 2021 by Laura Santamaria

DevOps. Cloud. Agile. Containers. Kubernetes. Buzzword after buzzword after buzzword. A lot of companies are headed down the road to “DevOps transformation” with the expectation that getting on the bandwagon will solve their problems. However, often the result is a team built of generalists who are expected to own development, operations, security, QA, and everything else that is needed for their products to succeed. This end result is far from the goal of DevOps culture where specialists are brought together from the very beginning to build something that’s greater than the sum of their wealth of expertise. How did we get here? And how can we get on the road back to a true DevOps culture?

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