Usage, velocity and health – a round up from Microsoft tech summit 2018
The Microsoft tech summit was in held in Croke Park, Dublin on Friday the 23rd of November. There were over 900 technical specialists in attendance over the full day of talks and seminars. Here are some of our takeaways from the day.
Habits of effective DevOps
Martin Woodward, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft spoke about the importance of Azure DevOps and described it as ‘the union of people, process and products to enable continuous delivery of value to your end user’ showing that DevOps is now all about bringing tangible value to the end customer. Azure DevOps is the tool chain of choice for Microsoft engineering with over 96,000 internal users and is used for approximately 85,000 deployments per day. Martin discussed the key ways in which the success of your DevOps can be categorised. These can be divided into three KPI’s which include:
Usage: Such as acquisition, engagement and satisfaction.
Velocity: Including factors such as time it takes to build, self-test and deploy.
Live Site Health: This refers to the time it takes to detect, communicate and mitigate, it also includes the impact on the customer.
Martin also observed the importance of embracing the pain rather than avoiding it, he commented you should ‘find the part of your process that brings value to customers but slows you down or hurts the most. Make it incrementally better each sprint. Re-evaluate and improve the next most painful.’