Agile software development and DevOps adoption are both a means to the same end for many enterprises. The goal is innovation.
Technology has been the driver of most of the major business innovations that have happened during the past two decades, from collaboration to the cloud. Business innovation moves at the pace of technology advancement, which often leads to uncertainty. This is where Agile and DevOps come in as a way to manage the uncertainty and the pace of innovation spurred by technology.
DevOps adoption is often used as a way to accelerate speed to market, but it is not simply a method to achieve efficiency in getting from point A to point B. It is also a way of thinking, a culture, and an attitude.
How can an enterprise hone in on the more philosophical attributes of DevOps to achieve success? Following is a roadmap for DevOps adoption with seven stops each company should make to achieve success.
DevOps Best Practices
- Agile basics. A team trained in Agile will be efficient at analyzing and prioritizing tasks and constantly evaluating progress and objectives with the goal of ensuring a deployable product at the end of each iteration. Pairing Agile with DevOps creates a more complete picture of IT processes.
- Place value on efficiency and eliminate time wasted on re-doing projects and waiting for processes. Waste in the development process means speed is diminished.
- Evaluate processes. It is difficult to improve upon processes that are not quantified. Measure progress so that improvements can be made.
- Offload non-core processes. It is difficult, if not impossible, to be an expert at everything. Understand the organization’s strengths, and don’t be afraid to offload tasks that are not a strength to the experts in that area.
- Tear down operational walls. It can be difficult to tear down operational silos and get teams working together, but it is necessary for DevOps success. Encourage the elimination of teams and foster sharing of tools, measurements, and strategies.
- Focus on virtualization technologies. The use of virtual packages is crucial to the success of the DevOps core value proposition, which includes flexibility and the ability to scale.
- Follow the example of those who have gone before you. Successful DevOps operations are often willing to share their roadmap to success in local user groups and other forums. Take advantage of that knowledge.
DevOps can be a key step on the road to speed and success for enterprises, but the most success will come when everyone on the team is on board with the goals of innovation. A disjointed DevOps strategy is likely to yield disjointed results.
Embrace DevOps as more than just a process or a method. Think of it as an attitude and a philosophy that can generate amazing results when everybody is pulling in the same direction.
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