Organizations have started to adopt DevOps, given how the IT sector is level playing field where ideas and executions take precedence over advertising. Even small organizations have an increasingly positive outlook to DevOps. DevOps can be a game changer for any organization, implementing them into an organization is also a complex process. Improperly implementing DevOps can be counterproductive and as well as quite expensive also. Below are 6 points to remember when implementing DevOps in your organization.
Define what you expect from implementing DevOps in the organization, whether be it better teams to accelerate the development cycle or to be an organization which specializes in continuous development and integration. Remember DevOps is more about changing culture instead of being more dependent on tools and resources. Granted how tools are an important part of DevOps, the cultural influence cannot be underplayed.
Buying Tools and Culture
Some organizations invest in DevOps tools, some of these tools are not exactly cheap. A set of tools are not the backbone of DevOps, all these tools support the process of DevOps but none of them has the ability to infuse DevOps culture into the organization. Bring together talents across from silos, let the developers and tester share their code earlier than usual. It is in the culture where DevOps develops and not in the tools.
So when implementing a new culture some old cultures need to be changed as well. Departments such as quality assurance, developers and the operational team all have together under one umbrella. Instead of having individual markers for end results, the DevOps team must put the end user’s expectation as the common goal.
End to End Contribution
A DevOps team contain individuals with different skills, whereas development teams only contain coders and programs and quality assurance teams only software testers. In a DevOps team, contribution towards the project needs to come from the developers, testers to the operational teams. Since the goal is the end user experience, every member of the team is responsible thus brings down walls, removes contradictory end results and most importantly silos which sometimes used to work against each other.
Talent and Teamwork
A DevOps team needs the right talent to be effective, the talent needs to work together too. So a DevOps team needs the right mix of talent and team playing personalities. Let the team playing spirit take precedence over talent. Let the individuals first come together for a common goal.
Respect The Complication
With DevOps organizations are challenging the workflow which has been drummed into most professionals. Bridges need to connected, departments need to work with other, end goals have been totally changed. With DevOps, management comes to know the practical difficulties of the development team. Quality assurance must now understand the requirement of the management team in detail. Organizations must respect the complexity of DevOps before adopting them.
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