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I'm a software tester -- where can I find a primer on DevOps basics?

Software testing plays an important role in DevOps, but it can be tough to decipher it all. Expert Gerie Owen offers her best advice to discover your role in a DevOps world.

I need to learn more about DevOps basics. Can you point me in the direction of a DevOps primer?

Sure. DevOps is about operations and development working more closely together. By extension, that includes testing. But those who are running DevOps may not be thinking about testing, so whatever you may learn, you may well have to carve out your own role, and it may be different among different organizations.

There are two aspects of DevOps. The first is tools. Many DevOps groups are focused on building out a tool chain that ensures rapid development, integration and delivery of software. Companies involved in this aspect include Docker, Puppet and Chef, but you can also come across more as you explore.

The other part of a primer on DevOps basics is people and culture. While that seems to be taking a back seat at the moment to technology, it is the more important part of DevOps. Connecting development and operations means being on the same team, talking to one another and being intimately involved in all aspects of development and delivery.

Testers have to find a way to insert themselves into the DevOps equation.

Testing remains a part of that. Testers have to find a way of inserting themselves into the DevOps equation, and that means looking for opportunities to insert testing cycles not only into development and integration, but also into production. Today, each organization is finding its own way in DevOps, so you may find yourself on the ground floor of devising testing strategies.

There are several places you can find informal primers on DevOps basics. In terms of conferences, the DevOpsDays conferences offer the most focused and comprehensive gatherings on the topic. There are several dozen DevOpsDays conferences around the world, so you may be able to find one that is convenient for you.

You can also find DevOps content on sites such as Netflix and IBM. Of course, you can also do your own searches online. Happy hunting!

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