DevOps could also be compared with a commando squad, that consists of a small number of specialists. I always have to think about the first level of Commandos 1 behind enemy lines. There were three characters:
- green beret
Each of them possesses unique qualities, i.e. diving, swimming, rowing (marine), diver (machine gun, driving), green beret (climbing, carrying barrels).
All of them were able to take out enemies aka automation in DevOps. Whether Operations could be compared with the marine, driver of green beret does not matter. Operation, Development and Quality Assurance all have their specialties. Combining these elements is essential to release software more often.
If for example one of the commandos died in the game, the game was over. All of them had to work together in order to accomplish a mission. I can remember that each of the commandos were isolated in the beginning of level 1 and had to take out enemies themselves, but they were dependent on each other as well.
The marine was required to bring both the driver and the green beret to the other island as he was the only one that could row the boot. Once on the island the Green beret was needed as he was the only one that could move explosive barrels that were required to blow up the radio station.
When they were working together there was a higher chance that they could survive as three shots were needed to take out an enemy. If they shoot together the enemy was taken out immediately.