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“Every company is trying to build a pipeline for fast deploys. We call it the ‘Ah-hah to ka-ching, how fast can you get something from the whiteboard to a deployable state.The better you are at doing that, the more competitive you are and the more money you make.” – John Willis

John Willis has some interesting perspectives on the origin of the DevOps movement. Most people think of DevOps as something created conceptually by Patrick Debois in 2009, but from John’s point of view, it can be traced all the way back to W. Edward Deming ‘s ’14 Points for Management’.

In this talk, we discuss how the community started and its short history. John runs through a list of veritable “Who’s Who?” in the DevOps movement. Along the way, we talk about how the community is determining its own course.

Listen to the Interview: John Willis – The Counter Intuitive Nature of DevOps

“The counter-intuitive nature of DevOps comes from the truly counter-intuitive nature of the early 20th century physicists,” – John Willis

Resources Mentioned by John

Interview Highlights
00:05 DevOps Cafe Podcast History
02:07 From Open Source to Configuration Management to Cloud to DevOps
05:37 The Convergence of DevOps
06:41 The Visibility of the DevOps Movement and DevOps Days
12:03 Community Contributions to DevOps Days
13:01 The Maturing of the DevOps Movement
16:41 The CAMS Taxonomy: Culture, Automation, Measurement, Sharing
17:47 The Counter Intuitive Nature of DevOps
22:58 From Demmings to Devops
26:56 A Timeline for DevOps
29:09 The DevOps Cookbook and IT Revolution Press
31:49 The Goal of the DevOps Message

About John Willis
John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Currently he is VP of Customer Service and Enablement at enStratus. Prior to enStratus Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions. Prior to DTO Solutions.

Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.