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“The status quo (of development) pre-ordains failure from the very beginning.” – Gene Kim 

Gene Kim is at the forefront of the DevOps movement. Through his book, The Phoenix Project, he is educating organizations on what it takes to create a high performing software development environment.

“The ratio now is 20:1, developers have to spend 20 hours convincing people vs an hour actually doing the innovation. This is the consequence of building technical debt.” – Gene Kim

Listen to the InterviewGene Kim – Application security and the position of the DevOps process

In this segment, I talk with Gene about the concept of DevOps and how the DevOp process can be incorporated into the enterprise development environment.

Highlights from our Discussion:
00:05 Application security and the position of the DevOps process
01:13 Is the DevOps concept really being used by major organizations
03:40 Public Labs “State of DevOps” study
05:41 “The Phoenix Project” a novel for IT
07:37 Prescriptive, actionable items in the book
08:18 Building the relationship between development and operations
11:58 Bottlenecks in the process of development
14:35 The technical debt of poor development practices
17:00 A parting message from Gene

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About Gene Kim
Gene Kim is a researcher and author focused on IT operations and information security and, more recently, on DevOps.

As a student of Dr. Gene Spafford, Kim co-authored the open source tool Tripwire while at Purdue University in 1992. He co-founded Tripwire, Inc in 1997 with Wyatt Starnes.

In 1999, Kim started his work studying IT organizations, capturing and codifying how high performing organizations have IT operations, security, audit, management, and governance working together to solve common business objectives.[8] Kim co-wrote the “The Visible Ops Handbook: Implementing ITIL in 4 Practical and Auditable Steps” in 2004,[9] and “Visible Ops Security: Achieving Common Security and IT Operations Objectives in 4 Practical Steps” in 2008.

Kim was named as a Computer Science Outstanding Alumni in 2007 for “exceptional professional achievements and their success in advancing world technology with the application of computer science”, and as one of Computerworld’s “Forty Technology Innovators Under Forty” in 2007.