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How to develop the proper DevOps strategies

Development cycles are being squeezed into tighter timeframes than ever before - days, hours and even minutes. Organizations that fail to keep up will find themselves behind and struggling to keep pace. However, DevOps isn't the hurdle that it may initially seem, and if an organization develops a proper strategy the obstacles to adopting DevOps can be successfully overcome.

The starting line

DevOps may not be the answer to every development challenge but making proper decisions of when to appropriately apply DevOps solutions can and will improve efficiency. It's important to recognize, however, that moving to DevOps is a journey not merely a destination.

To begin, an organization is best served by choosing a project or team for a test run so that changes can be made in a more isolated setting to ensure it's right for the large organization. This is helpful because an organization can test-drive a system and find what works best before it's rolled out through more teams in the organization.

Before you begin, there are a few areas to focus on, including:

  • Accountability - Each developer can specialize in his or her individual code segments for each release and be held accountable if any problems occur at any stage of the continuous release methodology process.

  • Communication - The key to ensuring that the entire DevOps lifecycle runs smoothly. It also ensures there is complete visibility and transparency for the whole team.

  • Customer experience - Satisfaction surveys are a quick and simple method of receiving customer feedback. The most important thing to note is that the team needs to be able to use the feedback to improve how they function.

  • Metrics - Begin with baseline metrics to measure the change from when you first implement DevOps. Then over time, you can introduce new metrics that focus on business objectives, development agility, etc.

  • Processes - Decide what the processes need to be, and use these to plan the changes required to improve them as you discover what works and what doesn't.

  • Product quality - When measuring quality, think of it as more than measuring the lack of problems. Establish a data baseline to identify the problems that existed before DevOps, to then recognize the positive effect that implementation has had.

Building a team

In smaller organizations, the transition to using DevOps can be fairly smooth, but bigger organizations need to think carefully about how to integrate existing functions. The best way to ensure that DevOps is being implemented effectively is choosing the right team.

The team should include people from different parts of your organization, such as developers, operations and testers. These people need to be flexible and willing to try new approaches, because the initial stages of introducing DevOps may be difficult. The situation involves trying new ideas different from how they have worked before, and so they need to view DevOps with an open mind and challenge traditional ways of operating. Change has to be embraced, or else the project could fail. The entire team will have to be part of the process to change the implementations to suit the project and where it leads.

Competing in the race is more important than reaching the finish line

Remember that DevOps is more of a journey than a destination - there is no end to the process. Teams will continue to discover better ways of using DevOps. The end goal that should be considered is for it to be sustainable, and this means seeing enough benefits that add value to the project.

When evaluating progress, there are some key areas where you should see improvement in efficiency and know that incorporating DevOps has succeeded. These include testing, code handoff, and a range of lifecycle and methodology management tools.

If organizations have the ability to integrate DevOps, vast improvements can be made to current systems. Though different for every business, DevOps can become an essential addition for the teams that use it. A sure way to implement it successfully is to observe other companies that have already done so and replicated it in a way that will add the most value to your organization.


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