So What’s With the Ducks?
When the matter of needing a cover for DevOps Overture arose, Shawn called his daughter, Mindy, and asked her to use her artistic skill to present himself and his thoughts to the world.
Shawn explained that DevOps is about orchestrating the work of all entities involved in the design, production, implementation, and support of software. "Silos," when teams or individuals work in isolation from the others, is taboo in DevOps. So she needed to represent the importance of teamwork.
Now Mindy knows that Shawn has long-held that if you have a solid understanding of a subject which you need to explain to someone who isn’t familiar with the concept, there’s nothing better than a car analogy to get the job done. So maybe add car…or a racecar? And the "Team" could be the pit crew.
Then there are the ducks. Everyone who knows Shawn, or has ever visited his office at ReleaseTEAM, knows that he collects rubber duckies (yes, like Ernie on Sesame Street). So it only made sense that the pit crew should be rubber duck-like.
And the cover design was born.