Marketing guru Seth Godin defines culture as “people like us do things like this”. People’s actions are based a multitude of factors including:
- deep-rooted values that hardly ever change
- habitual thought-patterns that sometimes change with new insights
- emotions that can depend on how we woke up today.
Our behaviour at work is influenced by our organization’s unique set of interconnected artefacts, symbols, rituals, language, professed values, beliefs, assumptions and unspoken rules. In other words, “that’s just how we do things around here”.
This paper discusses how ITIL's guiding principles combine with the DevOps guidance to create a culture that encourages continual experimentation and the understanding that repetition and practice are the prerequisites of mastery.