This game will demonstrate major principles behind DevOps.
- 1 set of 150-200 bricks/caplas
- 2 pens
- The printed rules
HOW TO PLAY
Print the rules
Space: You will need a large space with 2 tables to play.
As a facilitator explains the game from the rules, then:
- Separate physically the Dev and Ops teams
- Put the “Dev” environment on the dev table
- Put the “Pre-production” and “Production” environments on the ops table
- Add the base structure for tower bases on each environment. The base must be as in the image below : (base structure represents the environments (DB, Frameworks, Languages, …))
Sprints: There will be 4 sprints during this game. Each sprint will be organized as described in the sprint image. For each sprint, the facilitator must distribute the cards corresponding (# sprint number).
The goal is to aim a maximum number of points by delivering features to production (deployment). We will use wooden bricks to do so.
Documentation approach vs collaboration
- DEV: 3 minutes to build and deliver to pre-prod
- OPS: Refuse any non-documented tower
- Stop starting, start finishing / Work In Progress (W.I.P) limits
- Keep It Simple & Stupid (K.I.S.S)
- Production deployment requires collaboration and reveals problems.
- Silo breaks the collaboration
No collaboration: it is forbidden to communicate with Ops (by the top management)
- DEV: Document the delivery + no cards for them
- OPS: T shape base in pre-prod + prod
- Opposite objectives between Dev & Ops (accounting, different priorities/projects/visions)
- Definition of done
- Always think about the targeted environment
Delivery and deployment in the presence of both teams.
Culture of collaboration
Move from siloed delivery to collaboration: everyone in one room.
- DEV: construct, starting by taking back the previously tower + cards for Sprint 3
- OPS: facilitates the deployment in pre-prod + prod
- Collaboration makes it possible to deliver
- Focus on culture/collaboration
- Collaboration saves time
- DEV: construct, starting by taking back the previous tower + cards for Sprint 4
- OPS: automate the deployment between pre-prod and prod
- Clone of production (blue/green deployment), could be simulated by swapping two pre-production and production post-its
- Automate deployment and acceptance testing, instead of manually doing it
- Pre-production environment for practicing before production
- Continuous deployment card by card, ops manager sums the deployment times
- Automation saves time
- Evolution of the metrics used on the boards, and aggregation into one shared board (performance, process, people, KPI linked to events)
- Collaboration is a skill that can be learned
- Explain the basic principles of DevOps (Be C.A.L.M.S)