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Bringing Product Thinking to DevOps

However, many organisation’s do not think sufficiently broad about their delivery pipeline, which, in fact, must be treated as any other high value corporate asset and which can, in fact, lead to competitive advantage.

Considering this, it should come as no surprise that delivery pipelines, too, must be treated with a product mindset, as we would any other product or service.  

Just add ‘product’

Product management is the frequently missing ingredient that elevates DecOps and the resulting delivery pipelines from a technical necessity to a full on corporate capability and asset.

Product thinking, or rather a product mindset, focuses our efforts on real users’ needs. It allows us to iteratively evolve products and services so that we can learn, thus creating something that is truly valuable within the context of any given moment, while allowing adaptation to future needs as and when they arise.

No ‘sane’ engineering team would build a customer facing product without product skills. So why should this be different for the product / service – our delivery pipeline – that we use to build products?

The thoughts in this post and the conference talk are on my work with the excellent people from Equal Experts and an earlier version of this talk co-created with Neha Datt.

Bringing product thinking to DevOps

Bringing product thinking to DevOps

An introduction of why we should add product thinking to DevOps, why we need to consider our DevOps capabilities as a source of competitive advantage and how to product manage a delivery pipeline in practice.
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For an implementation team this can mean as little as adding some product considerations to their work, assigning the task of ‘product owner’ to an existing team member, or it can mean full fledged adding of a product capability including a dedicated role and related activities explicitly. Whichever approach is right will depend on your team, context and initiative.

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Photo m britsch, artwork Anselm Kiefer at White Cube London

Blog series: DevOps Leadership

Part 1: Product Thinking and Service Design in DevOps
Part 2: A holistic view of DevOps stakeholders and users
Part 3: DevOps as strategic capability and asset
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