In this slide deck I try to explore the meaning of the often misinterpreted sentence "You build it, you run it". Starting with its origin in a 2006 interview with Werner Vogels and a short description of the misinterpretation of that phrase that can be seen quite often these days in companies that try to pick up concepts like DevOps without really getting the idea behind it, I then start a bit longer journey.
It starts with the history and evolution of markets and IT. Based on that I dive deeper into the effects of uncertainty which these days is often predominant for companies facing narrow and highly dynamic markets. I try to approach from a financial point of view as well as from a risk management point of view (yes, even if we have become agile, managing risk and financial aspects have not gone away).
The basic result is that we need to go faster (in terms of cycle times) without compromising quality. I also add a quick litmus test to figure out where your own company currently is located as reality never is as simple as a slide deck - to avoid turning a thought model that should support reasoning into a dogma.
Having the task set and understanding that IT must support going faster without compromising quality, I look at DevOps as it targets exactly the same goal. After a short explanation of what DevOps actually means (we face a perfect confusion of ideas when talking about DevOps) and what the effects are if you do it seriously, I focus on the effects for the process organization.
The traditional process organization - while usually being set up nicely for cost efficiency - is very poor in terms of cycle times. In order to shorten cycle times those organization will eventually become cross-functional, autonomous teams with end-to-end responsibility. And while those teams have all skills and the full authority for all their activities, they also need to take over the full responsibility for their actions - their is no one left to blame ;)
And this naturally leads to "(You decide it,) you build it, you run it" which in the end is a required organizational prerequisite for going fast in a DevOps way.
There is a lot left out in the slides that would also be worth talking about (after all it is just a 60 min talk) and of course the voice track is missing, but I still hope that those slides are of some value for you.