It is not a new technique from DevOps to block your time to enhance your work. Lean Manufacturing decades ago embraced the motto: “Improvement of work is more important than the work itself.”
In other words, this implies, without improving the way you work today, you work will be obsolete tomorrow. And ultimately this will in return hinder your competitive strength in your market. This is why DevOps methodology borrowed this technique from Lean Manufacturing to make your teams and your organization continuously learn.
Here are some ideas from DevOps software development and delivery methodology about how you and your DevOps team can use your time to enhance your work and continuously learn:
By regularly scheduling buffers for improvement, you enable everyone in your organizational value stream to get ownership of innovation and quality. Therefore, all engineers in your DevOps team continuously integrate safety, quality, learning, reliability and improvement into the daily work which are in the end integrated into software products and services your organizations offer to your clients.
By helping each other in your DevOps teams, your organization will overtake its competitors and your team members develop their utmost potentials as humans and engineers.