Are You Doing DevOps The Right Way?
Originally posted on DZone
We have talked a lot about DevOps and the cultural shift that it focuses on. Let’s assume that you are practicing DevOps in your organization. These seven signs should give you an idea about whether what you are doing is right.
The software development process has come a long way since from the SDLC model and has been evolving rapidly. Every software-powered organization in the world is aiming to deliver the software and features faster to its audience and considering the competition, this is a must. Hence, deploying frequently with rapid release cycles is one point to be noted here to be Agile.
DevOps is not any set of tools; it’s a cultural shift that embraces agile methodologies. However, to practice DevOps, you need a certain set of tools: Continuous Integration tools, deployment tools, testing tools, version controlling tools, etc.
Microservices make things faster since a large monolithic software piece is fragmented into several pieces, making it less complex and causing no dependency if any microservice goes off. Containerization is what we call when it comes to Docker containers. his is where microservices are packaged with their own environments and supporting factors.
The objective of DevOps is to remove the confusion and collision between Dev and Ops, DevOps should make sure Operations and Developers line of activities are flowing smooth without any friction.
Since your developers are committing code frequently and rapidly, you need to have a feedback system in place if you are practicing DevOps to know to know what went wrong. It should be communicated instantly through notifications with tools like Victor Ops, Pager Duty, etc.
This feedback system will help address the issues caused instantly and try to mitigate them as soon as possible.
Constant communication is one of the best qualities of an amazing team. Clear and constant communication brings visibility and will let you know who is doing what and what’s going on between the teams in an organization. Slack is one tool that’s taking this very seriously by enabling teams to collaborate and constantly communicate with each other.
It’s not just setting up a culture and making people follow it. You need to have proper metrics in place to see if you are making the progress in the right direction. Have a proper set of goals and metrics attached to each goal to know the results. If things seem to divert, it’s time to make changes again. Know what you are doing and have supporting results to prove it.