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CALMS: A Principle-based DevOps Framework

In this article series, we’re discussing the following three principle-based DevOps frameworks. The first was The Three Ways as described in The Phoenix Project and The DevOps Handbook. The second was Accelerate’s Technical and Management Practices of High-Performing DevOps Teams.

Today we’ll look at the CALMS framework.

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Framework #3: CALMS (Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement, Sharing)

Created by Jez Humble, co-author of The DevOps Handbook and Accelerate, the CALMS framework is used as a means of assessing whether an organization is ready to adopt DevOps processes, or how an organization is progressing in their DevOps transformation. It is based on the following five pillars:

  • Culture. Before silos can be torn down, there needs to be a culture of shared responsibility, or at least a group of people devoted to establishing that culture in a grassroots type of way, with management approval and support.
  • Automation. Similar to the technical practices centered around continuous delivery mentioned above, teams undertaking a DevOps transformation should be devoted to automating as many manual tasks as possible, especially with respect to continuous integration and test automation.
  • Lean. Development teams are making use of lean principles to eliminate waste and optimize the value stream, such as minimizing WIP, making work visible, and reducing hand-off complexity and wait times.
  • Measurement. The organization is devoted to collecting data on their processes, deployments, etc., in order to understand their current capabilities and where improvements could be achieved.
  • Sharing. A culture of openness and sharing within and between teams (and enabled with the proper tools) keeps everyone working toward the same goals and eases friction with hand-offs when issues arise.

So, What Do These Frameworks Have in Common?

As you looked at the different frameworks in this article, I’m sure you noticed several recurring themes and common elements among them. (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Sonatype Blog authored by Ember DeBoer. Read the original post at: https://blog.sonatype.com/principle-based-devops-frameworks-calms