How to Explain DevOps to Your Manager: 4 Ways

How to Explain DevOps to Your Manager_ 4 Ways

According to Forrester, 50% of organizations are implementing DevOps – a staggering feat considering the sizeable number of naysayers of years past. Even so, many rational thinkers still ask, “if my IT and Operations are maintaining security and uptime standards with the right administrative tools, why do I need DevOps?”

You know why. If your Operations is to become an innovation multiplier and if your business intends on becoming more than just a cost center, your Operations must become agile.

You may be tooting the DevOps horn, but getting everyone else on your team on board is a different story. Regardless of their mindset, here are four DevOps resources to ensure everyone’s on the same page.

For the Confused Manager

Got a manager who just doesn’t know what DevOps is or why it’s all the rage right now? Understood. It’s not a new concept, but it’s an important one, especially in today’s hyper-competitive mega-market.

Review What is DevOps, and Why Now? for a quick history, definition, benefit overview, best practices, and more.

For the Skeptical Manager

Is your manager hesitant about going all-in on DevOps? Gene Kim, the master of DevOps and the author of The Phoenix Project and The Unicorn Project has something to say about that.

Check out his article, DevOps is Reshaping IT and Fueling Dynamic Learning Organizations, to find out why (and remind your manager that) DevOps isn’t just for “tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, but [it’s for] every large, complex organization out there.”

For the Numbers-Focused Manager

When you’ve got a manager who needs to see DevOps in action, send them to The Top 4 Challenges Facing Developers infographic for insights and figures on the biggest performance hurdles developers face, how “elite” developers perform versus others, and how a well-executed DevOps strategy can deliver:

  • 1 hour-long service restoration
  • 208x faster code deployment
  • 106x faster lead times
  • An average failure rate of 7.5%
  • …and more

For the Overwhelmed Manager

Say you’ve got a manager who understands the value of DevOps. Perhaps they’re already raring to go, or maybe they’re even on the path to DevOps already. Even so, the path to DevOps isn’t exactly straightforward, and lots of challenges can (and do) pop up along the way. Assess and overcome 7 of the biggest DevOps hurdles you’ll encounter in the Why is DevOps so Hard? eBook. It features straightforward, practical ways to eliminate the pain and confusion of choosing the right cloud, maintaining fiscal governance, running Kubernetes, and more.


Supporting DevOps practices throughout your team doesn’t have to be a tall order—but it does require all hands on deck and a unified way of thinking. Regardless of the mindset(s) you’re trying to break, the fact of the matter remains the same: DevOps is an essential way to move your business forward.

Feel like your decision makers still need a nudge? Contact us and we’ll help you out!

Thanks for reading and have a great day! 🙂