Re: DevOps isn't just about the new: It's about cleaning up the old, too
I think that the idea of IT specialists becoming DevOps engineers is good in prinicple just like when analysts and programmers became analyst-programmers as you can eliminate a lot of staff and do more for less.
I have worked for a lot of large organisations and many have too many departments, and the suffer from compartmentalisation and duplication that cripples their efficency. When you add Agile Scrum into the mix you replace quality with quantity or throughput and this results in more problems than it solves. Imagine if your heart-surgeon broke down your operation into simple tasks and aneathatised one day, start to cut holes in you and then decided to wait until the next sprint before completing the job?
I agree that starting with the low-hanging fruit and quick-wins is a great idea, but it does NOT mean you should just ignore those things that are too difficult.