re: Explain DevOps Like I'm Five VIEW POST


Your older sibling has a cool new toy, and you want to play it. Your sibling says, "No, you can't play with it. You'll break it. You don't know how to use it."

"When can I play it?" you ask, because it's cool, and it will make your life better and more enjoyable.

"Here, let me show you," says your sibling.

This is DevOps. The older sibling is the operations team. They don't want you to break anything or cause any problems. But you want the cool new thing because it will make your life better.

In a non-DevOps world, the response would be "Wait until you're older" or "Never" or "Get your own (but you can't use anything we don't approve)" in order to keep everything important (i.e., in production) safe. But now you can never use the new thing, or at least need to wait years, and then you miss out on all of the fun and goodness of the new thing for those years and live a sadder life.

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