Understanding Denialism

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Understanding Denialism 2018-02-13T12:44:39+00:00


You would think with all of the scientific evidence available from sources such as Gartner, Xebia labs and DORA to just name a few, that it would be overwhelming evident to organizations why they need DevOps and why it needs to be done correctly.

The truth is that the evidence is overwhelming, but much like today’s current debate about Global Warming, there are enough individuals who display what is termed “Denialism” to thwart the efforts in most organizations. First, we need to understand what denialism is, it is part of the psychology of human behavior, where a person chooses to deny reality, as a way to avoid a psychologically uncomfortable truth (we will discuss these truths below). We need to understand that denialism is an essentially irrational action that withholds the validation of a process, methodology or concept by the person refusing to accept an empirically verifiable reality.

So, what causes this denialism in some individuals? Denialism is caused by the tendency toward “motivated reasoning” in some individuals and groups. This motivated reasoning helps explain why we some individuals and groups become so polarized over new concepts such as Agile or DevOps, even when the evidence is so unequivocal about their benefit. It would seem that expecting people to be convinced by the facts flies in the face of, you know, the facts.