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Building Industrial DevOps Stickiness

By Suzette Johnson, Robin Yeman, Harry Koehnemann, Jeffrey Shupack, Matt Aizcorbe, Adrian Cockcroft, Michael McKay, Hasan Yasar

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At an industrial scale, cyber-physical solutions (systems comprised of hardware, firmware, and software) experience many challenges as they embrace Lean and DevOps practices. These Industrial DevOps (IDO) transformations face significant complexities as they respond to critical safety regulations and the “continu-ish” integration and alignment across multiple suppliers and partners.

 

In this paper, we identify Principle #1 of Industrial DevOps (visualize and organize around the value stream)* as a common cross-industry barrier to IDO transformation stickiness. We use mental modeling, Wardley Mapping, and the Westrum Organization Topology model to identify misalignments and gain a shared understanding of IDO to sustain and scale IDO adoption. We then offer executive sponsors and leaders a set of approaches and insights to address each of the three identified barriers.

  • Publication Date 2021
  • Pages 35

Features

  • Debunks Myth

    This paper debunks the myth that DevOps-style rapid iteration and improved flow only apply to software systems, not software + hardware systems.

  • Expert Authors

    This paper is written by experienced practitioners who have worked developing modern cyber-physical systems.

  • Clear Guidance

    Provides eight recommendations (principles) to bring DevOps principles and practices into complex cyber-physical systems.

  • All Levels

    Change Agents can come from anywhere on the org chart. This paper directly provides guidance on how to lead change no matter your role or title.

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At an industrial scale, cyber-physical solutions (systems comprised of hardware, firmware, and software) experience many challenges as they embrace Lean and DevOps practices. These Industrial DevOps (IDO) transformations face significant complexities as they respond to critical safety regulations and the “continu-ish” integration and alignment across multiple suppliers and partners.

 

In this paper, we identify Principle #1 of Industrial DevOps (visualize and organize around the value stream)* as a common cross-industry barrier to IDO transformation stickiness. We use mental modeling, Wardley Mapping, and the Westrum Organization Topology model to identify misalignments and gain a shared understanding of IDO to sustain and scale IDO adoption. We then offer executive sponsors and leaders a set of approaches and insights to address each of the three identified barriers.

Suzette Johnson
Robin Yeman
Harry Koehnemann
Jeffrey Shupack
Matt Aizcorbe
Adrian Cockcroft
Michael McKay
Hasan Yasar
Suzette Johnson

Suzette Johnson

Enterprise Lean-Agile Strategy and coach with an interest and passion for promoting and implementing Agile practices and DevOps in large-scale software/hardware systems environments. Primary customers are DoD and Federal government.

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Robin Yeman

Robin Yeman

Chief Technical Officer at CCTI | TEDx Speaker | Author

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Harry Koehnemann

Harry Koehnemann

SAFe Fellow and Principle Contributor Scaled Agile Inc.

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Jeffrey Shupack

Jeffrey Shupack

Digital Transformation | SAFe Fellow & SPCT

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Matt Aizcorbe

Matt Aizcorbe

Dev*Ops Strategy Lead at Northrop Grumman

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Adrian Cockcroft

Adrian Cockcroft

Technology and strategy advisor

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Michael McKay

Michael McKay

Executive Director - Leading SRE & Innovation at NCR Retail

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Hasan Yasar

Hasan Yasar

Technical Director, Adjunct Faculty Member at SEI, Carnegie Mellon University. Better Software Faster!

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