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Scaling & Eliminating Waste in Your DevOps Environment

Eliminating waste from your processes is highly dependent on your understanding of the needs of your operations staff and developers. This granular understanding will aid in merging these two teams into a single entity. Because every team is unique, we cannot precisely specify these requirements. However, iVedha can help you formulate a strategy to address these cultural challenges.

A) Determine What Everyone Truly Wants
You must establish a shared vision between your developers and operations team that aligns with the values and mission of your organization. To accomplish this, you will need to initiate communication between key stakeholders on each team. It would help if you did not make assumptions about the needs of the opposing team or generalize their pain. You will misunderstand each other’s organizational needs if you do so.

Once the conversation has begun, you can find areas of agreement. Rather than focusing on competing interests, identify your shared objective and align your teams around it. Upon establishing a plan to achieve a common goal, you will likely discover that you have few competing interests. Ultimately, you all work for the same organization with a shared mission and values.

B) Implement the Scientific Method
1. Plan
The transition to a DevOps model is a strategic objective. You must concentrate on several areas to scale and eliminate waste during your growth. Communication, tools, expertise, and team skepticism are common areas that may be causing problems in your organization. You will need to determine which of these common issues negatively affect your team and begin considering solutions. It would be advantageous to take preliminary measurements that can be compared later. Even if you do not currently have measurement systems, any ad hoc measurements you can take will be helpful for future comparison.
2. Do
Now is the time to begin doing things. First, take your hypotheses from the planning phase and take a leap of faith. For instance, if you hypothesized that implementing continuous integrations in your development and product environments would reduce the time required to deploy new code, it is now time to implement your constant integration system. Or, if your initial assessment revealed that your team lacks specific skills, you may need to hire (or contract) individuals with the necessary expertise.
3. Measure Results
After implementing your new tool, you will need to determine whether or not your modifications made a difference. For example, does your development team continue to encounter problems when deploying new code? If so, have there been fewer problems, or has nothing changed?
4. Respond
Using your metrics, you can decide how to proceed. For example, if your plan did not work as expected, use the data you collected to modify your hypothesis and try again. Or modify what has already been implemented to address any new, unanticipated obstacles.
5. Continuously Improve
Finally, you will need to repeat this process for every aspect of your organization that must be addressed to establish a DevOps culture. It will take time and effort, and you may not see results immediately, but it will be worthwhile.

C) Consider Your DevOps Culture When Recruiting and Training Employees
To scale a DevOps culture, finding the right people with the right mindset is essential. You will need to educate your Human Resources department and recruiters on the type of candidates you seek. You will want to hire individuals who thrive or are eager to join a DevOps-based team. This necessitates pursuing individuals with the required technical skills and the desired cultural values. Although this may be difficult, they exist.

When new employees join your team, you must train and shape them to be valuable team members and contribute to the goal of achieving a DevOps culture.

D) Delegate a DevOps Champion
Choosing to endure a cultural transition is merely the initial step. Committing to it is an entirely separate and aggressive animal. You can appoint a DevOps Champion to answer any questions and make the transition as smooth as possible.

Your designated champion should be accessible so anyone can pose questions or voice concerns. Your DevOps Champion must embody the company’s objectives and be a resource for everyone involved. They must be approachable, good listeners, and individuals who want everyone to feel valued and included. Champions are effective communicators who can articulate the advantages for internal teams of all sizes and the organization. Your champion should encourage pride and a sense of ownership for all employees, helping to empower them.

DevOps is a journey, not a single action, but rather a state attained through implementing numerous cultural and technical practices. For example, accelerating software delivery across deployment pipelines will allow the organization to spend more time creating value by delivering software innovation with assurance. Moreover, by fostering a high-trust culture, organizations can establish a state of collaboration between business, development, and IT operations, ultimately leading to improved business outcomes.

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