The people, processes, and tools of DevOps in 2018

The people, processes, and tools of DevOps in 2018

Check out the 2018 DevOps dirty dozen—the 12 most popular articles from the year.

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I could not be happier with the band of merry DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), and agile folks that have formed under the DevOps banner. Folks from around the globe have assembled to write about the people, processes, and tools they've encountered along their DevOps journeys. It is heartwarming to see so many people willing to share their experiences. This is what DevOps is all about! Better outcomes don't come from inside an organization. Better outcomes arise from shared continuous learning.

The presence of presents under trees in many homes means 2018 is wrapping up like a department store gift wrapping station. This time of year, it's worthwhile to reflect on the past and consider what lies ahead. Take a moment to thank your team for their efforts this year. Also, take the time to sit back and review the 2018 DevOps dirty dozen. These are the top 10 most viewed articles, plus two that Jason Hibbets and I think are worth your attention. They cover everything from observability, to serverless, to logging, to CI/CD, and beyond.

2018 DevOps dirty dozen

magnifying glass on computer screen, finding a bug in the code

Here's what you need to know about time-series data and metrics aggregation tools.

Serverless computing is transforming traditional software development. These open source platforms will help you get started.
Person standing in front of a giant computer screen with numbers, data

Log aggregation systems can help with troubleshooting and other tasks. Here are three top options.

Use these tools to build security testing into the software development process.

Type less, write cleaner scripts, run consistently across platforms, and other reasons why Linux and OS X users can fall in love with PowerShell.
magnifying glass on computer screen, finding a bug in the code

Avoid these common test automation mistakes in the era of DevOps and Agile.
arrows cycle symbol for failing faster

Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) are extremely common terms in software production. But do you know what they really mean?
metrics and data shown on a computer screen

These open source tools help users understand system behavior and output, and provide alerts for potential problems.
stack of books

This reading list includes uncommon books to fine-tune your DevOps practice.
secure your systems

Used together, Fabric and Kubernetes offer a powerful, secure platform for processing blockchain transactions.
How to make your first upstream Kubernetes contribution

Find an issue, submit a pull request, and make your first upstream contribution to Kubernetes with this simple advice.
3 reasons to say 'no' in DevOps

Even in the most collaborative environment, you sometimes need to draw a line of responsibility. Here's how to do it productively.

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Chris Short - Red Hat Ansible | CNCF Ambassador | DevOps | Writes | Disabled USAF Veteran | He/Him