AMA: Am I “Doing” DevOps?

Luis asks:

Long time fan here, first time writer :). Over the last 10 years I’ve learned a lot of Powershell and have increasingly used it more and more at my place of employment. It’s more or less now 80% of my job (which I love!). However, I know that simply working on automation and scripting alone is not necessarily a “DevOps Lifestyle”. I know it’s more about treating the infrastructure like “cows” instead of pets. I think we’re moving in that direction, but there’s still a terrifying amount of “state” in my infrastructure servers that I really can’t do a whole lot about.

I assume this is probably true for most IT professionals in the Enterprise vs those who are lucky enough to work for the unicorn companies. I assume there’s always going to be some “pets” here and there. I’m working hard to apply DevOps principles in my day to day work, but I can’t tell if I’m just getting better at scripting now or if I could fit into a “DevOps” organization.

When do I know that I’m functioning in a DevOps fashion? Or is that just a thing that happens when your job title includes the word “DevOps” in it?

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