I recently I railed against the “DevOps team” title. But what should you use instead?
Well, of course it depends.
Four percent of survey respondents report they work on a “platform engineering” team, which seems to support the idea that this is an emerging trend in which teams move away from a focus on “DevOps” as a set of tools and practices (and title) towards a focus on the mission of their team in relation to other teams and the overall organization (reducing cognitive load, reducing friction and context required from Dev teams to adopt better/modern tools and practices).
This “platform team” is my preferred approach to DevOps, as I believe it helps us overcome some of the common objections or pitfalls (sometimes imagined) of DevOps.
For example, with a platform-team, there’s no confusion over the question of specialization, as it’s clear who does dev work and who does ops work.