We visited the London HQ of Puppet to shoot a series of films talking about diversity and DevOps looking at how businesses can achieve Agility Through Diversity. This is the full-length film combining all four separate video features into one. Through these films we explored;
- The advantages of diversity for tech businesses
- Diversity in IT and DevOps
- Embedding diversity in the organisation
- Diversity and tech talent acquisition
You can watch the full film above and for a flavour of the discussion we’ve pulled some insights from the film offered by our panel.
See also: Diversity in DevOps with Marianne Calder
The advantages of diversity for tech businesses
Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of how we build our workforce, how we engage with our customers. A diversity of ideas is core at us being a company that innovates. If we had a uniform sort of way of thinking about things we wouldn’t really innovate. We have development centres in Seattle, in Portland, in Belfast, Ireland and Australia. We build code around the world and we have an open-source community that contributes to our product. So we are, by definition, diverse. Very diverse. A lot of what we do is working with our customers and we have to reflect what our customer base looks like. We have to reflect the way they work, the way they want us to work. We need people who are adaptable and can do things not just in one way, but in the ways that are needed to be effective.
Diversity in IT and DevOps
DevOps is a methodology. It is a cultural way of organising that’s based on an experimental approach. This implies coming up with new ideas over time and experimenting with new ideas. Creating new ideas or new solutions towards problems is really hard, especially when you have a team composed of people coming from the same background, same life experience, so diversity brings different perspectives in a team, different perspective to the same thing, and it’s that’s essential for the experimental approach to be successful.
See also: How to build equity and inclusion: Q&A with Tanya Webb
Embedding diversity in the organisation
It’s a very complex issue but we know that girls interest in STEM subjects goes down as they hit puberty around about the age of 13 and 14. I think there’s an issue of stereotypes, I think there’s also an issue that young girls don’t necessarily understand how central technology now is to absolutely every sector, every industry and every type of role. All roles require some form of understanding of technology not necessarily to be a technical person. I don’t have a techie background, you don’t have to have that, but you need to have an understanding of how technology advances, whatever it is that you’re trying to deliver. I think we need to be much broader in the way we talk about tech to young people. We need to get more diverse role models to start to speak to young people and start to break those stereotypes, this isn’t about being a nerdy man.
Diversity and tech talent acquisition
I’m interested in any new project that comes in. At the moment diversity and inclusion is obviously a massive thing and we’re really looking at that in BT. I’m part of a group of 12, we’re only a small group within BT and we are a pioneering group. We’re looking to change our culture, create a more diverse and inclusive place and basically challenge and try to push it out for the whole of BT. An impact from my little team can create a huge impact.
See also: Hiring based on aptitude and the tech gender gap
You can find the rest of the films in this series and more content at our dedicated Agility Through Diversity page.
This feature is sponsored by Puppet