Culture as a Strategic Weapon

Operations and Culture
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Three years ago Damon Edwards and myself coined the acronym CAMS (Culture, Automation, Measurement and Sharing). The “C” is the most important part of a Devops success story. For years I have been speaking-out that we are still not taking the culture part of Devops serous enough. Over the past few years I have been watching some organizations start using culture as a strategic weapon for hiring. Deming, Drucker, Gerstner and Simon’s Sinek’s Golden Circle all express the same idea that basically culture eats strategy. I will use three companies, (Netflix, Github and Etsy), to show how they use their culture as a weapon for productivity and as a weapon to win in the hiring wars.

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John Willis

Dell - enStratus

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining enStratius (Now Dell), Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions. Prior to DTO Solutions. Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

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