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Disruptive DevOps transformation contains an inherent silver lining for those willing to embrace change

Three Reasons Why DevOps Transformation Produces Happiness
By Charlie Coffey

"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." - W. Edwards Deming.

How often do we see this quote used in DevOps blogs without a hint of irony? It's as if we need to instantly complete generations of evolution to stave off extinction, like trying to grow an extra lung overnight.

DevOps or Die!!!

So this is it - the dreaded DevOps transformation looms large. The department will be ‘shaken up', practices will be ‘turned on their head', and staff will be ‘taken out of their comfort zone'. It's sink or swim: The extinct will be carried out on stretchers, to graveyards in which Ops and Dev are siloed for eternity.

Get ready for awkward life stories like in The Phoenix Project and standing up at meetings when you're only half awake. Prepare to become an iterative feedback-looping DevOps machine and have your working life picked apart by a self-proclaimed ‘Guru' drinking Diet Coke. And endure all this with a manic grin on your face, as heaven forbid we should seem ‘resistant to change', the ultimate sin.

Happiness doesn't feature much when we hear about DevOps transformation. It's the IT equivalent of a hernia operation: we could struggle on without it, we're certainly not looking forward to it, but we've been told we really need it to train for a digital decathlon.

Embracing Happiness
When reading the many articles on DevOps transformation online, it seems the only enjoyable element is the end result: the nirvana of Continuous Delivery. However, while dismantling and reconstructing the development lifecycle may seem a daunting task, the challenges involved actually satisfy three basic tenets for happiness if we embrace disruption.

According to the award-winning documentary Happy, a worldwide study found the same common thread running through jovial people everywhere, whether in the developed world or rural isolation.

Here are the three main sources of happiness and how we can achieve them through a DevOps transformation:

1. Personal Growth
The cross-pollination of skills between developers and operations gives the opportunity to learn. When working in silos on tasks that have become repetitive and habitual, it is natural to become narrow-minded. A DevOps transformation challenges staff and promotes rapid self-improvement.

If we get a better understanding of the roles of others in the team, we improve our knowledge of how our role fits into the broader ecosystem. Personal growth also comes from working well in a team and helping others.

2. A Sense of Community
Often work relationships are confined to polite conversations if we do not have reason to regularly engage. Learning different roles within the application lifecycle increases empathy between staff members.

Getting to know colleagues on a personal level helps cultivate a relaxed working environment and increases communication. With DevOps, a successful team is measured only by release velocity, and this reflects how well the team collaborates.

3. The Opportunity to Help Others
Trust builds mutual respect that promotes the transferal of knowledge. The combination of individual skills and the building of community in DevOps means you will give training and advice. This selfless act is often very rewarding.

Kate Matsudaira (Founder of Popforms) presented a session at PuppetConf 2014 called "Trust Me." It concluded that the amount of trust people have in you is an indicator of how successful you can be.

Growth not Survival
What Deming fails to mention is that ‘survival' can be enjoyable depending on how we look upon it. Our experience is controlled by our attitude. Take a wedding as an example: For some people, a wedding is the happiest day of their life, but others dread weddings as it reminds them of their own solitude. Another single person at the wedding could view it as an opportunity to meet a partner and something to look forward to. The same event is seen in totally diverse ways by different people.

DevOps transformation can be seen as not merely escaping doom and surviving, but growing by change. The symbiotic relationships nurtured by DevOps transformation allow a new community to be built in the place we need it the most - the workplace in which we spend 40 hours or more every week.

Love/belonging, esteem and self-actualization are the three most developed of Abraham Maslow's famous Hierarchy of Needs, a model from the 1950s that is still regularly cited today. DevOps transformation can satisfy all three of these, but especially self-actualization - the belief that we are at our happiest when pushed to fulfill our potential.

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