Based on a systematic literature review and interviews with six organizations regarding their use of DevOps, we take a look at a number of differing perspectives on what DevOps entails. We argue for a definition of DevOps as simply being “interaction between development and operations”. This simple definition implies that DevOps is not a new thing which only certain organizations practice, but rather a fundamental characteristic of software and systems engineering that every organization is confronted with and manages to a certain extent.


DevOps Development Operations 



I would like to thank my master thesis supervisors Maya Daneva and Chintan Amrit, my PhD supervisor Kenji Suzuki, and my current employer Japan’s Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology for their continued support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robot Innovation Research CenterNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and TechnologyTsukubaJapan

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