Authority bias is the tendency to attribute greater accuracy to the opinion of an authority figure (unrelated to its content) and be more influenced by that opinion. The Milgram experiment in 1961 was the classic experiment that established its existence.

I have experienced that some people that have a lot of influence promote silos and are anti DevOps. How to deal with this?

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I bet you're not the only one with such experiences :)

One possible approach today (which wasn't available in the early DevOps days) is to counter-argument with the many research-based publications from industry-recognized influencers. Like Accelerate or 2017 State of DevOps Report to name a few.

Another approach could be to propose and implement DevOps-based pilot projects to actually measure and compare performance parameters against the existing silo'd solutions. This could be tricky, though, as those influencers could insist on requirements cornering the pilot projects. For example insisting on individual/small team development speed which could be an obstacle for optimizing and speeding up the overall larger/entire project team's development.

  • In my case CTO refused to read anything I was giving to read, also he asked others to ignore me too.
    – Nakilon
    Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 23:48
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    @Nakilon Personally I'd start looking for another job, but please don't take it as an advice - only you can evaluate if the job's benefits outweigh the cons in your case. Commented Jun 7, 2018 at 3:10

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