#68 - 2021 Accelerate State of DevOps Report - Nathen Harvey

Tech Lead Journal

Dec 13 2021 • 47 mins

“Many organizations think in order to be safe, they have to be slow. But the data shows us that the best performers are getting both. And in fact, as speed increases, so too does stability."

Nathen Harvey is the co-author of 2021 Accelerate State of DevOps Report and a Developer Advocate at Google. In this episode, we discussed in-depth the latest release of the State of DevOps Report. Nathen started by describing what the report is all about, how it got started, and explained the five key metrics suggested by the report to measure the software delivery and operational performance. Nathen then explained how the report categorizes different performers based on their performance against the key metrics and how the elite performers outperform the others in terms of speed, stability, and reliability. Next, we dived into several new key findings that came out of the 2021 report that relate to documentation, secure software supply chain, and burnout. Towards the end, Nathen gave great tips on how we can use the findings from the reports to get started and improve our software delivery and operational performance, that ultimately will improve our organizational performance.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:05:28]
  • State of DevOps Report - [00:09:32]
  • The Five Key Metrics - [00:13:55]
  • Speed, Safety, and Reliability - [00:19:58]
  • Performers Categories - [00:23:26]
  • 2021 New Key Findings - [00:28:01]
  • New Finding: Documentation - [00:30:44]
  • New Finding: Secure Software Supply Chain - [00:34:58]
  • New Finding: Burnout - [00:37:22]
  • How to Start Improving - [00:39:36]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:43:55]


Nathen Harvey’s Bio
Nathen Harvey, Developer Relations Engineer at Google, has built a career on helping teams realize their potential while aligning technology to business outcomes. Nathen has had the privilege of working with some of the best teams and open source communities, helping them apply the principles and practices of DevOps and SRE. He is part of the Google Cloud DORA research team and a co-author of the 2021 Accelerate State of DevOps Report. Nathen was an editor for 97 Things Every Cloud Engineer Should Know, published by O’Reilly in 2020.

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