DevOps Unbound

DevOps Unbound
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DevOps Unbound is an award-winning biweekly video/podcast series with a companion monthly roundtable. DevOps Unbound focuses on DevOps, automation, CI/CD, and testing, featuring leaders in these areas as we explore the challenges and issues that software delivery and IT teams face every day. How do we go faster, smarter, with better quality? DevOps Unbound!
Building High-Performing DevOps Teams
To improve software delivery performance, the first thing organizations need to do is improve their DevOps teams’ expertise. DevOps doesn’t deliver code by itself; it takes a great team to do it. So, how can we help our DevOps team become high performers and foster innovation? What makes an effective DevOps team? What does the future hold for DevOps engineers?
DevOps Unbound: Bi-Weekly Series
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EP 20: DevOps for Low-Code – Friend or Foe?
Low-code development has become increasingly popular since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Low-code technologies allow organizations to build and customize fully responsive, easy-to-deploy applications with little to no coding. It accelerates digital transformation and empowers citizens developers. In this episode of DevOps Unbound , hosts Alan Shimel and Mitch Ashley are joined by Derya Sousa (Kianda), Andrew Manby (HCL) and Brian ven den Blink (Valori) to discuss the benefits of low code and how it is transforming software development. The video is below and a transcript of the conversation follows.
EP 19: How AI/ML are Used in DevOps Today
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) help improve the performance of DevOps teams by automating repetitive tasks and eliminating inefficiencies across the SDLC. By using AI, teams can test, code and check software faster and more efficiently. In this episode of DevOps Unbound , Brian Dawson, Judith Hurwitz, Alan Shimel and Mitch Ashley discuss how AI and ML are transforming DevOps and what new use cases await AI and ML in 2021 and beyond.
EP 17: Lies, Damn Lies and Metrics
In this episode of DevOps Unbound, hosts Alan Shimel and Mitch Ashley are joined by Helen Beal of the DevOps Institute , Viktoria Praschl of Tricentis, Frank Ohlhorst, principal analyst with Accelerated Strategies Group and Alex Hidalgo of Nobl9 to discuss how to use DevOps metrics effectively to improve delivery performance and help teams become high-performing with a culture of continuous improvement . The video is below and a transcript of the conversation follows.
EP 15: Why Testing is so Frustrating
In this episode of DevOps Unbound , hosts Alan Shimel and Mitch Ashley are joined by Adam Kalsey of Tricentis, Brian Dawson of the Linux Foundation and Caroline Wong of Cobalt to discuss why testing is considered the most frustrating bottleneck for developers and engineers. Panelists will explain the benefits of testing early on in the SDLC and how to accelerate the feedback cycle with automated and continuous testing, as well the pros and cons of testing, the value of shift-left testing and how to effectively balance quality and speed. The video is below, followed by a transcript.
EP 14: What Have We Learned?
The past year-plus has brought disruption and opportunity to businesses and software teams all over the world. Change is inevitable, but 2020 was a year of massive change: businesses pivoted, supply chains were disrupted, customer expectations shifted to contactless services, digital transformation projects accelerated, new digital experiences were created, the move to the cloud jumped into high gear and our ability to create and deliver software was elevated to an essential capability for business.
EP 13: Observability and Performance Testing
In this episode of DevOps Unbound, Alan Shimel is joined by Christine Yen of Honeycomb, Paul Bruce of Tricentis and Mitch Ashley from ASG/MediaOps to discuss how to effectively test the performance of your applications and how bringing observability into testing environments helps DevOps teams identify and resolve issues early in the SDLC. The video is below, followed by a transcript of the conversation.
EP 12: DevOps Unicorns
What should you look for when choosing a DevOps vendor? What criteria are others in your industry using to inform their decisions? How do you choose a vendor that is a good fit for your organization? And how do you know if you made the right choice? In this episode of DevOps Unbound, host Alan Shimel welcomes Larry Maccherone of Comcast, John Willis of Red Hat, Ravyn Manuel of the Smithsonian, Garima Bajpai of Capital Carbon Consulting and Mitch Ashley of Accelerated Strategies Group for a panel on DevOps unicorns . The video is below, followed by a transcript of the conversation.
EP 11: Unburdening Developers
Every app development need seems to ultimately fall to developers to fulfill. Build in security. Shift testing left. Provide users cooler, more customized experiences at cloud speed and scale. And do it all faster, of course. How do we accommodate the rising expectations without burning out developers? What can other team members do to lighten the load and allow developers to focus on the creative work they require to thrive? In this episode of DevOps Unbound, hosts Alan Shimel and Mitchell Ashley are joined by panelists Adam Kalsey of Tricentis, Tracy Ragan of DeployHub and Justin Hutchings of GitHub to talk about unburdening developers.
EP 10: Observability & Continuous Improvement
Observability at enterprise scale brings with it additional application life cycle management requirements. Success requires knowing which changes result in improvements and which don’t produce positive results and how that information must make it back to the DevOps team through feedback loops. In this episode of DevOps Unbound, Alan Shimel and Mitch Ashley talk with Kurt Chase, senior director, global release management at Tricentis, Charity Majors, co-founder at Honeycomb and Ravyn Manuel, senior application manager at the Smithsonian as they discuss observability and continuous improvement.
EP 6: How to Lead a DevOps Transformation
Is C-level support required to have a successful digital transformation? In the sixth episode of DevOps Unbound streaming broadcast on TechStrong TV and ’s sister site Digital Anarchist, Mitchell Ashley of ASG and Alan Shimel are joined by Eveline Oehrlich of the DevOps Institute, Louise McCarthy of Bain & Company and Mark Settle, author of “Truth from the Valley, A Practical Primer on IT Management for the Next Decade,” to discuss DevOps and digital transformation at the C level.
EP 5: Outsourcing DevOps, Oxymoron or Truth
Can you outsource DevOps? And if you can, what are the keys to doing it successfully? In the fifth episode of DevOps Unbound streaming broadcast on TechStrong TV and’s sister site Digital Anarchist, Mitchell Ashley of ASG and Alan Shimel are joined by Ming Gong of UST Global, Chris Rolls of TTC and Robina Laughlin of Guardian Life for a discussion on outsourcing DevOps.
EP 4: DevOps and the Mainframe
In this fourth episode of our DevOps Unbound streaming broadcast on TechStrong TV and’s sister site Digital Anarchist, Mitchell Ashley of ASG and Alan Shimel are joined by Gerta Sheganaku of Tricentis, Rosalind Radcliffe of IBM and Sam Knutson of Compuware to discuss app modernization, mainframes and DevOps. Find out what’s the right way to modernize your applications and how to do app modernization in a Z environment.
EP 3: Open Source and DevOps
In the third episode of our DevOps Unbound streaming broadcast on TechStrong TV and’s sister site Digital Anarchist, Alan Shimel is joined by Kevin Dunne of Tricentis, Tracy Miranda of CDF and Alon Girmonsky of UP9 to answer the question: Can we have DevOps without open source?
Can Automation and AI/ML Solve Our DevOps Hiring Problems?
Join our panel of software and DevOps experts as we explore if the need for software developers is outpacing the supply of talent, growing role of automation in the software creation process, and how much automation and  AI/ML can play a role in meeting the needs for creation more software, faster.
February 7, 2022
DevOps Unbound: Strategies for Performance Testing in the Cloud
DevOps teams work hard to fulfill customers’ demands and, at the end of the day, all that matters to the customer is the performance level of the product. Cloud performance testing can help identify and eliminate performance bottlenecks that might occur within an application before it’s deployed. Performance testing allows DevOps teams to check the speed, scalability and stability of apps to ensure that everything is working as planned under the designated workload. An effective cloud performance testing strategy can help identify and resolve issues in your application during the development process so you can deliver high-quality software faster.
January 11, 2022
DevOps Mythbusters
DevOps has grown in popularity over the past few years, but a lot of questions, misconceptions and myths have taken root alongside its rapid rise. What is DevOps really about? Do DevOps teams actually care about security? What DevOps best practices are most helpful? Is DevOps only for the cloud? Is it only for unicorns? Does shifting left mean that DevOps teams will handle everything related to security and compliance? Does DevOps eliminate the need for testing? In this DevOps Unbound roundtable, our panel of experts will answer these questions and more, including the most important one: How can we distinguish between DevOps myths and realities?
November 18, 2021
Has DevOps Hit a Wall? And How Do We Push Through It?
DevOps is a continuously evolving process. Organizations should approach DevOps as a constant journey of development and IT operations integration and optimization instead of a static goal or a final destination. While it is well-known that the main benefit of DevOps is breaking down silos between development and operations and faster delivery of software with much-improved quality, there are also many challenges you may encounter along the way.
October 28, 2021
DevOps and Compliance Synergy: Reality or Fiction?
Roundtable 15: Achieving compliance might be challenging when embracing DevOps due to the rapid pace of development. However, the agility and automation associated with DevOps might actually simplify compliance. When integrating compliance into the SDLC, DevOps teams may have to use different tools or slightly modify part of their processes to adapt to specific requirements.
October 7, 2021
Testing in a DevOps World
Roundtable 14: Across all industries, software is vital for companies’ interactions with their customers, suppliers, partners, and employees. The imperative for software quality is taking on even greater importance with the movement to cloud computing, requiring more modular and dynamic approaches to software development and deployment. Increasingly, organizations are building cloud-native applications utilizing microservices and containers. But is testing still considered the bottleneck to delivering software in the era of DevOps?
September 14, 2021
DevOps and SRE
Roundtable 13: Site reliability engineering (SRE) and DevOps have a unified goal of combining development and IT operations teams to introduce visibility and to create scalable and highly reliable software systems. While DevOps focuses on what needs to be done, SRE looks for ways to accomplish it.
August 14, 2021
DevOps in Highly Regulated Environments
Roundtable 12: Healthcare, financial and governmental organizations are common targets for cyberattacks, making proper security guardrails and implementing the right compliance strategies critical for these highly regulated industries. Entities functioning in highly regulated environments can benefit from implementing DevOps while also adopting strategies that help them meet challenging regulations and policies.
June 25, 2021
The Future of CI/CD
Roundtable 11: Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) are scalable software development practices for automation and shortening feedback times. With a CI/CD pipeline you can identify vulnerabilities and errors earlier in the SDLC, reduce the amount of potential risk and improve the quality of your software. However, as the tech landscape is constantly and rapidly changing, it’s difficult to keep up with the constant evolution around CI/CD.
May 31, 2021
The Future of Cloud Testing
Roundtable 10: As part of their digital transformation, businesses have been adopting cloud-native technologies to drive innovation, resilience and agility. Cloud-native application development has helped organizations stay ahead by delivering faster time to market, achieving greater flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness. However, the growth in cloud computing has also presented new testing challenges for DevOps teams. Traditional testing methodologies aren’t enough to address security holistically for cloud-native apps.
March 9, 2021
Digital Transformation – Escaping the Event Horizon
Roundtable 9: Every period of significant economic, market or technology disruption creates winners and losers, but the reality for businesses is more nuanced than those binary outcomes. Those who survive, and even thrive, successfully escape the event horizon of disruption, creating innovative new business, product and operational models. They also leverage and harness technology in new and innovative ways through digital transformation. Not escaping the event horizon leaves companies who languish in survival mode, or worse.
March 21, 2021
The Human Side of DevOps – Upskilling for the Digital Transformation
Roundtable 8: DevOps is all about people, process and tools. People, or humans, are critical to DevOps success. Just as we invest in tools and build processes, software leaders recognize it is vital to invest in DevOps skills for their people and software teams.
January 28, 2021
Is GitOps Replacing DevOps?
Roundtable 7: Much of what we think of as DevOps is happening now within GitOps. Example: Testing happening from GitOps then directly deploying with Kubernetes, vs the typical DevOps CI/CD pipeline workflow. Is GitOps the next stepping stone from DevOps? Will organizations go directly to GitOps? What does this mean for organizations working to implement CI/CD? Our panel of experts explore GitOps and its impact on DevOps.
January 5, 2021
Avoiding SolarWinds-Like Threats: The Impact Across DevOps Teams
Roundtable 6: The SolarWinds and FireEye compromise demonstrated the devastating effectiveness of a supply chain cybersecurity attack leading to the infiltration of government and corporate networks by a nation-state actor. It’s not “just” a security issue. The impact and response will alter application delivery far beyond the traditional boundaries of security.
December 9, 2020
Day 2 DevOps
Roundtable 5:  Most enterprises are either contemplating or have already begun their DevOps adoption/digital transformation, but once started, the next logical question is “What’s next?” DevOps success begins with success on a few software teams, expanding to more teams, leading to dreams of adoption by the larger organization. Welcome to Day 2 DevOps, now…what’s next?
November 6, 2020
The Reality of Testing in DevOps
Roundtable 4: Testing is routinely cited as the number one source of DevOps delays — and defects are still a major issue for 48% of DevOps teams. Are we approaching testing the wrong way? Have we failed to scale and/or accelerate it properly for enterprise DevOps? Do we need to rethink our overall testing objectives, or do we just need to find better ways of achieving them?
October 12, 2020
Defeating DevOps Demons and Haunted Systems
Roundtable 3:  Anyone who’s frightened by the ghouls, goblins and demons of Halloween has obviously never been in the depths of a DevOps initiative. Even the most successful projects can’t escape the scares that inevitably arise when you fundamentally transform—and continuously optimize—culture, processes and technologies. The troubles terrorizing new and less mature DevOps initiatives can be downright ghastly.
September 2, 2020
Fitting SAP Into a DevOps World
Roundtable 2: SAP and DevOps were born of distinctly different worlds, but those two worlds have now collided. The SAP core, an organization’s SAP customizations, and all the connected applications are growing inextricably intertwined as SAP plays a larger role in digital transformation. What’s needed to make SAP a successful—and integral—part of the DevOps culture and CI/CD pipelines?
August 12, 2020
DevEverythingOps: Tackling the Top Challenges Together
Roundtable 1: We won’t bore you with all the reasons DevOps requires alignment across business, development, testing, security, and of course operations. That’s established. But the real question is how to coordinate all these elements at the enterprise level—beyond the high-performing DevOps native teams and across the ones with vastly different cultures, application stacks, and compliance requirements.

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