DevOps Mythbusters

Posted on Monday, Feb 10, 2014
On this episode of Arrested DevOps Matt and Trevor are  joined by some of the finest minds in DevOps podcastery - Damon Edwards of DevOps Cafe and Sascha Bates of The Ship Show. The panel addresses some common beliefs on DevOps, and whether these beliefs are true…or just MYTHS.

Show Notes


The intro You’re either DevOps or you’re not

The Company Management Beliefs DevOps only works for startups or web companies. DevOps doesn’t scale. You can’t do DevOps without being Agile

Business Semantics Shops practicing DevOps should have a DevOps team. We can’t do DevOps because we need separation of duties.

The Team Operations Assumptions DevOps means “developers do operations work” A DevOps is a sysadmin that uses config mgmt. DevOps is about hiring sysadmins who code.

Developer Expectations DevOps means developers get admin access in production Developers cannot be trusted.

The Tools DevOps only works with Open Source tools and operating systems (i.e., I can’t do DevOps in a Microsoft shop) The tools promote the DevOps cultural change.

The wrap up -  DevOps doesn’t work.

Reference Links







Damon Edwards

Damon Edwards

Co-host of DevOps Cafe. The Pat Hughes to John’s Ron Santo.

Sascha Bates

Sascha Bates

Configuration management genius. Crewmember at The Ship Show. Opinions, she can haz.


Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Senior Product Manager at Progress Software working on Chef Software. He currently works on the Chef Application Delivery, Compliance and Infrastructure offerings.

Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities.

Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.

Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton (he/him)

Matty Stratton is the Director of Developer Relations at Aiven, a well-known member of the DevOps community, and a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matty has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke.