DevOps: A Way towards High Performing business

Understanding DevOps

There are lots of speculations about what is DevOps in terms of being a cultural change or an IT transformation. Considering different scenarios and suggestions we can conclude that DevOps is neither a process nor a technique. It is a change that management needs to implement to be a high-performing company.

DevOps can be seen as a team building approach where application developers, operational team and delivery team are placed together for a project. DevOps is a termed defined through Development and Operations which means that both the processes go hand in hand to ensure continuous development and delivery. DevOps is the direction in which software development companies are going.

Given the pressure of producing a high-quality code faster with less time available for QA, DevOps attempts to streamline the process and speaks about how much it is important to have team-playing skills along with technical skills. Considering this, one can easily say DevOps is a cultural change. Yes, but not completely. It still requires the tools to support this change. Combining Agile with QA and delivery is an uphill task but gives you good results.

Many companies have adopted DevOps and has communicated following benefits:

· Ship code 30x faster

· Have 200x shorter lead time

· Have 60x fewer failures

· Restore services 168x faster

This must be enough to learn importance of adopting DevOps. I have seen many cases where DevOps adoption has failed but the technique is not the one to blame. It is majorly because of these mistakes that companies fail to adopt devops:

· Value of DevOps not understood by the stakeholders

· Considering it as IT and not cultural transformation

· Lack of efficient communication between teams

· Incompatible tools selected to implement DevOps process

A company can be made efficient by following simples steps to DevOps adoption. Here is a cheat sheet to help you:

1. Evaluate the need to implement DevOps practice by aligning IT Goals with Business Goals

2. Break the organizational silos & encourage collaboration between development, operations, and other functions

3. Put Customer / end-user satisfaction at the center considering their expectations regarding time, functionality and performance

4. Don’t jump start, Moving the IT culture away from silos need trust and acceptance in the new philosophy.

5. Automate wherever possible to enable faster execution throughout the SDLC, keeping up with the speed of DevOps.

6. Define performance reviews for team and an individual to ensure real-time visibility into the project

7. Integrate and deliver continuously to ensure every new or revised requirement is rapidly and safely deployed to production with quality

It can be observed from the above points that a lot depends on leadership. DevOps require leading by an example and be efficient in whatever a company does when a project comes their way. DevOps adoption is not difficult; it is a bright ray of light that you need to allow through the barriers.

To make it simple, I have developed an Infographic on “DevOps” which might interest you.