Terminology: DevOpts

I am in discussions with partners outside our firm.  I noticed the use of the term DevOpts.  I use the term DevOpts to refer to an Agile methodology stressing communication.  Others seem to use the term to refer to those who develop and deploy code.

Which is the most standard use of the term, and could someone give me a more complete explanation of the second way of using the term (not the Agile methodology)

Anthony LuciaAsked:
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DevOps is a new term emerging from the collision of two major related trends. The first was also called “agile system administration” or “agile operations”; it sprang from applying newer Agile and Lean approaches to operations work.

To me however the term simply refers to the crossover between development and operations areas of IT departments.  "Dev" tends to be innovative, whereas "Ops" is (or has been) conservative.

Traditionally Operations has been the most conservative of all IT areas due to then managing some very real risks. Changing that conservatism isn't simple. On the other hand organisations are seeing the benefits of smaller more frequent changes in applications and that has to flow through Operations to arrive in production. The consequence is that there have been changes in how Operations manage themselves.
José MéndezCommented:
Can't DevOps be summarized as the IT guys who is relatively well trained in programming and who's main task is not exactly software development, but uses software development skills to automate and maintain IT operations?

Like, "hey, we need a tool that will allow users to provision their IP Phones in the DHCP pool with their own specific values" and the result is the IT guy develops a script that users can invoke through SSH to input DHCP values they need to be handed to their ip phones.

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