“DevOps” like its counterparts “Big Data” and “blockchain”has been the buzzword in the IT industry for quite some time.Numerous factors like faster software delivery, easy bug detection and fixing, streamlined workflows, better collaboration between development and operations team have led to the widespread adoption of DevOps by organizations.
A recent report by Gartner says that Through 2023, 90% of DevOps initiatives will fail to fully meet expectations due to the limitations of leadership approaches, not technical reasons. The grim reality is that only a few organizations have been successful in their DevOps implementation.
So, what factors are creating hurdles for the IT industry? Well, Change is never easy and organizations must make some fundamental changes to create a DevOps success story.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
#1. Failing to Create a DevOps Culture
Businesses must realize that DevOps is not just a set of tools but a culture you must create and grow. It is a set of practices, standards, beliefs that can do wonders to the way your team works and achieves success.
“Tools are not the solution to a cultural problem” -George Spafford, Research Director at Gartner
So, how does a great DevOps culture look like?
- All the individuals in a team are empowered and share the same final goal
- Transparent communication between different teams.
- Every team member is responsible for the final goal of building quality software that is secure and high performing.
How Can You Create The Right DevOps Culture?
- Identify what your team members actually do in comparison to what they should do.
- Help them understand DevOps culture rather than just training them with the tools.
- The top management should start developing the right habits and set the standard for
the team to follow.
There are plenty of practices that can help you successfully implement but often, organizations focus more on tools and not the cultural shift they need to make.
#2. Holding onto the Agile Strings
In stark contrast to what most organizations think, DeveOps and Agile must go hand-in-hand in the development process.DevOps is actually an extension of Agile. Supporting the principle of cross-functional teams, Agile brings different teams together and initiates open communication between them throughout the entire project. On the other hand, DevOps goes an extra mile and incorporates security, systems and operations into the process to attain the final goal of faster functional software delivery to the customer.
#3. Lack of DevOps Vision
The success mantra here is to define DevOps in line with your business objectives. You need to identify the potential possibilities and benefits of the platform for your organization.
Answer the questions below to gain a clear overall DevOps picture.
- What are the shortcomings of your existing software development process ?
- How can DevOps help you overcome the above-mentioned challenges?
- How to create “DevOps roadmap”?
- How to train your team to get started with DevOps?
- How do you plan to achieve your ultimate goal by implementing DevOps ?
#4. Automation: Is Not Everything
An integral aspect of the DevOps methodology is the automation of the software development process. The cornerstones of the organization including CI/CD (Continuous integration and continuous delivery ) are heavily reliant on tools.
Undoubtedly, tools bring unprecedented speed and accuracy to the development process but one should not forget the powerful machine-man combination. You need to have the right balance of people and tools. Tools are the assistants that help your team perform better.
Steps to Follow
- Help team members familiarize with the chosen DevOps tools.
- Focus on how tools can help in effective collaboration
- Address skill/knowledge or tool-based gaps in your process
Follow the simple yet effective steps mentioned above to make DevOps the ultimate plan for software success.