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Keep C.A.L.M.S. and Be Agile

From Chris Donahue

KEEP CALMS blk 2 KEEP CALMS lt 2Since Futron introduced our ‘Keep C.A.L.M.S. and Be Agile” icon, we have received abundant feedback from other industry professionals and friends ranging from “I like the Black One” and “Cool” to “What is it?” and “I don’t understand”.

One behalf of an organization that values feedback, I want to say thank you to everyone that has commented.

Additionally, while it is easy to concentrate on those that provided positive feedback, I wanted to spend a few minutes focusing on those that are asking “What is it?” or stating “I don’t understand”.

In short, C.A.L.M.S. is an acronym originally developed by John Willis and Damon Edwards in 2010 and later further refined by Jez Humble as a means to describe DevOps. As Chris Jackson, Chief Technologist, at Rackspace, explains in his blog, C.A.L.M.S. is:

At Futron, we are active in building on the success of others and moving the conversation(s) forward. Within this context, we endorse the notions of Culture, Automation, Lean, Metrics, and Sharing as fundamental elements of DevOps.

Additionally, as Agile Enthusiasts, we agree with IBM’s Eric Minick who links DevOps to foundations found within both Lean and Agile. Specifically, Eric states in his blog that:

“While everyone supplies slightly different words, the same working understanding of DevOps is nearly universal. Analysts, authors, industry, and community leaders all agree. The ideas are big and mutually supportive. In short:

Building on the Agile lineage, we have adopted the saying: “Keep C.A.L.M.S. and Stay Agile”. To us, the addition of Agile makes sense as we see a high percentage of DevOps transformations occurring in concert with Agile transformations and/or within Agile oriented practices.

As stated earlier, we welcome all feedback. As such, I would encourage you to use the hashtag #FutronCALMS on Facebook or Twitter so that we can further the discussion.