What I learned about Microsoft doing DevOps: The end result

The last couple of months I wrote 8 blog posts over what I learned from Microsoft doing DevOps:

I loved writing these blogs and I got some great feedback so I hope it helps some people on their DevOps journey.

The following table really sums up what DevOps and Cloud did for the VSTS team:

The old world The new world
4-6 month milestones 3-week sprints
Horizontal teams Vertical teams
Personal offices Team rooms
Long planning cycles Continual Planning & Learning
PM, Dev, Test PM & Engineering
Yearly customer engagement Continual customer engagement
Feature branches Everyone in master
20+ person teams 8-12 person teams
Secret roadmap Publicly shared roadmap
Bug debt Zero debt
100 page spec documents Specs in PPT
Private repositories Open source
Deep organizational hierarchy Flattened organization hierarchy
Success is a measure of install numbers User satisfaction determines success
Features shipped once a year Features shipped every sprint


If you recognize yourself in the issues on the left you can absolutely find some inspiration in how to solve your issues in the blog posts mentioned above. Feel free to leave a comment or contact me on Twitter so we can continue the discussion and make sure that as many organizations as possible can benefit from everything the new Cloud and DevOps world offers.

Wouter de Kort works as a lead architect and consultant. He helps organizations stay on the cutting edge of software development. Wouter focuses on DevOps. He loves solving complex problems and helping other developers to grow. Wouter authored the book DevOps on the Microsoft stack and a couple of other books. Wouter is a Microsoft MVP and an ALM Ranger. You can find him on Twitter (@wouterdekort), on his blog at wouterdekort.com and at the various conferences where Wouter speaks.


7 Responses

  1. I am feeling motivated and now work harder to start the career in Devops, hope will get similar success. Thanks for sharing your Devops experience.

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