About The Game

In the DevOps Dream you play the newly hired CIO of a company who must drive software development in your organisation forward. You have a three year tenure and every year you will be asked to select initiatives and respond to events with the goal of building a high performing digital team.

The DevOpsDream is an attempt to inspire you to think about how you develop and run software.

Software is increasingly important as organisations rely on their digital presence to support their workers, interact with customers or deliver goods and services. And in the era of commodity public cloud, even hardware has become software with the rise of ‘infrastructure-as-code’.

In the modern digital economy, the commercial performance of your organisation is directly linked to your ability to develop, deploy and operate software. The DevOpsDream is a combination of ideas from the Accelerate State of DevOps report and our own observations about what works and doesn’t work in software development.

You will be judged on four key results:

  1. People – a combination of how happy and capable your team are
  2. Productivity – a measure of how fast and easy it is to change your software services
  3. Customer Satisfaction – a reflection on how those changes affect your customers
  4. Stability – a combination of the reliability and predictability of your services

You will need to pick the right combination of initiatives to lead your team to success.

You have a limited budget and a short window to prove your value to the board.

Good luck - you’re going to need it!

If you are unsure where to start - you can read “How to Win With DevOps”.

Why did we create this game?

We are a software development consultancy based out of one of the most isolated capital cities in the world – Perth, Western Australia.

Our distance from the hubs of software development in places like Silicon Valley or Shanghai gives us a different perspective on software development.

And we love software development!

Unfortunately we see many people struggling to improve their software development capability and practices which might be seen as normal in high-tech companies are poorly understood and implemented elsewhere.

We built the DevOps Dream as a tool for learning about what works and doesn’t work in the world of software development. It’s based on our own (highly opinionated) views on what constitutes good practice, but it is backed up with some hard data.

Building a high performing software development organisation is no easy task, but it is not impossible.

Why don’t you take it for a spin and see what you can do?


Illustrations by Mechanical Rock.
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