The Dell EMC Dojo has a mission that is two-fold; we contribute to open source Cloud Foundry, and we evangelize ‘the way’ (XP, Lean Startup, etc) by engaging with internal Dell EMC teams in a purely DevOps manner. Our mission is direct with a scope that some could argue is boundless. By practicing ‘the way,’ hours, days, and weeks fly by as we push code to production at times every few minutes. Not only is our push to market rapid, so is our overall productivity. Oftentimes teams working with us nearly guffaw when they come to our office in Cambridge, MA and are able to see the ‘wizard(s) behind the curtain.’ We are asked how we keep three to five projects on track while also engaging with internal teams, planning large technical conferences, and working in the realm of R&D in our greater TRIGr team with an east coast contingent of only eight people and a west coast contingent of five. The secret? We LOVE what we do!

 

A team with empathy at its core, there is never a moment when a task seems impossible.

Truly, we could be featured on one of those billboards along the highway stating that there is no ‘I’ in ‘Team.’ Two baseball players carrying an opposing team member across Home because she/he has hurt themselves, a photo of all of the characters from Disney’s “The Incredibles,” The Dell EMC Dojo team… Take your pick… TEAMWORK. Pass It On.

In all seriousness, the pace at the Dojo can be absolutely exhausting, and with such a small team, the absence of one person (which let’s face it, vacation and life needs to happen at points) could in theory be a huge deal. But, because DevOps is what we live and breathe, any member of the team can fill this gap at any point, truly putting to practice the idea that there doesn’t have to be and should never be a single-point-of-failure. Albeit the industry or sector, what more emulates the ‘Go Big, Win Big’ message than this? By continually pushing ourselves to pair and to up-level the knowledge of our entire team, we never wait until tomorrow to take action. There is no need or desire to.

 

Agility is not a term we just talk about, but is simply inherent to everything we do.

With the combination of the rapidly changing market (externally and internally) and the pace in which we work, we at the Dojo have learned that we must stay on our toes. For those reading this that are familiar with sports, one of the first lessons learned in soccer is to never plant your feet. Holding such a stance allows for the opposing team to outpace you when the unexpected happens, which is most of the time. Same goes here. Pivoting is now second nature for us, and it doesn’t come with the scares. Instead, it is actually exciting when we are able to take data and identify ways in which we can better align with efficiency and effectiveness of software and methodology; to truly keep the user omnipresent in everything we do. We are happier. The ‘customer’ is happier. It is a (Go Big) win-win (Big) game. The cool thing too is that the more we practice this, the more we also feel somewhat like we can predict the future, because we begin to see trends before they are even a thing.

 

 

Doers for Today. Visionaries for Tomorrow. Change Agents for Always.

Emily Kaiser

Emily Kaiser

Head of Marketing @DellEMCDojo #CloudFoundry #OpenSource #TheWay #LeanPractices #DevOps #Empathy
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