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Operations Anti-Patterns: DevOps Solutions
Jeffery D. Smith
  • MEAP began December 2019
  • Publication in Fall 2020 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617296987
  • 325 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white

This is truly a DevOps from the trenches book.

Conor Redmond
Operations Anti-Patterns: DevOps Solutions shows how to implement DevOps techniques in the kind of imperfect environments most developers work in. Part technology tutorial, part reference manual, and part psychology handbook, this practical guide shows you realistic ways to bring DevOps to your team when you don’t have the flexibility to make sweeping changes in organizational structure.
Table of Contents detailed table of contents

PART 1 What is DevOps?

1. The DevOps ingredients

1.1. What is DevOps?

1.1.1. What DevOps is not

1.2. CAMS, the pillars of DevOps

1.3. Another DevOps book?

1.4. How this book is organized

1.5. Summary

2. The paternalist syndrome

2.1. Introducing the gatekeepers

2.2. Examining the gatekeepers

2.3. Curing paternalism through automation

2.3.1. Capturing the purpose of the approval

2.4. Structuring code for automation

2.4.1. Approval process

2.4.2. Automating approvals

2.4.3. Logging process

2.4.4. Notification process

2.4.5. Error Handling

2.5. Continuous improvement

2.6. Summary

3. Operational blindness

3.1. Changing the scope of development and operations

3.2. Understanding the product

3.3. Creating operational visibility

3.3.1. Creating custom metrics

3.3.2. Defining healthy metrics

3.3.3. Failure Mode Effects Analysis

3.4. Making logging useful

3.4.1. Log aggregation

3.4.2. What should I be logging?

3.4.3. The hurdles of log aggregation

3.5. Summary

PART 2 Culture

4. Designing your dashboards

4.1. Start with the user, not the data

4.2. Widgets, the dashboard building blocks

4.2.1. The line graph

4.2.2. The bar graph

4.2.3. The gauge

4.3. Giving context to your widgets

4.3.1. Giving context through color

4.3.2. Giving context through threshold lines

4.3.3. Giving context through time comparisons

4.4. Organizing your dashboard

4.5. Dashboard rows

4.5.1. Leading the reader

4.6. Naming your dashboards

4.7. Summary

5. 5 Goals and priorities

6. 6 How to hire

PART 3 Automation

7. 7 The value of automation

8. 8 The art of automation

PART 4 Metrics

9. 9 What is a metric?

10. 10 What to measure

11. 11 Visualizing Metrics Data

12. 12 Alerting and on-call

PART 5 Sharing

13. 13 Sharing Production Responsibilities

14. 14 Knowledge Sharing

15. 15 Hosting Post-mortems

Appendixes

Appendix A: A Answers to exercises H1_title

About the Technology

By emphasising shared responsibility for delivering software, DevOps transforms the way technology departments work. Looking beyond tool choice and design philosophy, DevOps demands a change in an organization’s attitude and approach. Operations Anti-Patterns: DevOps Solutions shows how you how to implement DevOps in companies still maintaining legacy systems. Its realistic approach empowers you to deliver DevOps on limited resources, while navigating the office politics and entrenched mindsets common in established businesses.

About the book

Operations Anti-Patterns: DevOps Solutions is a practical guide to implementing effective DevOps practices without mandating sweeping changes in organizational structure. Focused on process improvements you can make from the bottom up, everything in Operations Anti-Patterns: DevOps Solutions is actionable for your team—from constructing a streamlined workflow system to developing dashboards and operational metrics to measure the right aspects of performance. To better understand the behavior of both individuals and organizations, you’ll also learn the psychological reasoning behind why DevOps techniques are effective. When you’re done, you’ll be primed with realistic approaches to adopting DevOps practices that will help you survive and thrive.

What's inside

  • Creating a post-mortem framework to analyze projects and incidents
  • Monitoring and managing team time
  • Building cultural touchstones that assist with team building
  • Automating change management
  • Techniques for adopting automation to power your workflows
  • Strategies for monitoring your applications and streamlining your incident management processes

About the reader

For team leaders and managers who want realistic ways to improve their development practices.

About the author

Jeff Smith has been in the technology industry for over 15 years, both as management and individual contributor. He has managed DevOps transformations at Centro, an ad-tech firm, and Grubhub, an online ordering platform.

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