Bottom-up DevOps initiatives are a wonderful way of bringing about positive change to application teams. A common danger is that local efforts can lead to local optimization. At some point, grassroots efforts start to build their own technical debt which hamper their initial promise and extinguish the teams' excitement.
At DevOps Experience, an annual virtual summit hosted by MediaOps, Quali's CTO, Maya Ber Lerner, discusses common life cycles of bottom-up DevOps projects and their use of specific open source and commercial tools, as well as pros and cons of each.
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