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In my first post in this series, I discussed the underpinning principles of all DevOps patterns as eloquently stated by Gene Kim, author of "The Phoenix Project."  In this post I'd like to dig a little deeper into The First Way.  As a refresher: The First Way: Systems Thinking - This Way stresses the performance of the entire system of value delivery.  Instead of becoming laser focused on the part of the process for which an individual or team is responsible, the individual or team works to understand the entire process from requirements generation to customer delivery.  The goal is to eliminate the delivery impediments that arise when a project transitions from one isolated silo to another.  Understanding the entire system allows business, development, and operations to work towards a common goal in a consistent manner. When we started Datical, our first step was t... (more)

The DevOps Database | Part 1

Recently, the Agile Austin DevOps SIG invited Datical to talk about the impact of DevOps practices on database change management. This was a great opportunity for us to talk to folks about our approach to managing application schema change in IT organizations that have moved or are moving to more responsive and agile planning, development, and delivery processes.  It was a lively discussion with some great feedback from the audience. In framing the discussion, I relied heavily on "The Three Ways" of DevOps.  The Three Ways are the principles that underpin the DevOps patterns that... (more)

The DevOps Database | Part 3

In the third post in this series, I’d like to talk about the Second Way of DevOps: Amplifying Feedback Loops.  Here’s a refresher on The Second Way from my introductory post in this series: The Second Way: Amplify Feedback Loops – This Way deals primarily with facilitating easier and faster communication between all individuals in a DevOps organization.  The goals of this step are to foster better understanding of all internal and external customers in the process and to develop an accessible body of knowledge to replace the dependence on expertise scattered across individuals. ... (more)

Datical Emerges from Stealth Mode

Datical, Inc. has emerged from stealth mode and announced Datical DB which uses a patent-pending, data model approach for automating, simplifying and managing database schema change, configuration and complex dependencies as part of the application release process. Datical DB is based on Liquibase, the proven schema change open source project, which has been in development since 2006 and is used today by hundreds of organizations including Fortune 1000 companies. Unlike silo'ed DBA tools that focus on improving SQL scripts, Datical DB eliminates manual change scripting and the e... (more)

The DevOps Database | Part 4

In the final post in this series about bringing DevOps patterns to database change management, we’re going to discuss the Third Way.  Here’s a refresher on the Third Way from the introductory post in this series: The Third Way: Culture of Continual Experimentation & Learning – This way emphasizes the benefits that can be realized through embracing experimentation, risk-taking, and learning from failure.  By adopting this kind of attitude, experimentation and risk-taking lead to innovation and improvement while embracing failure allows the organization to produce more resilient p... (more)