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How to Transition to DevOps?
DevOps is a mix of cultural, development, and operational improvements, not just a set of tools. Changing the company’s culture cannot be accomplished overnight; actions and decisions must be carefully considered. However, many firms attempt to cut corners and jump on this “trend” as quickly as possible without a clear vision or strategy, leading to not adopting or implementing DevOps correctly.
According to Gartner’s report, “New Insights into Success with Agile in Digital Transformation,” firms must be prepared to commit at least three years to an agile development process to achieve success. Teams with less than one year of experience with a new development method have a 34% success rate, whereas teams with more than three years of expertise have an 81% success rate.
Why do you need a DevOps model?
DevOps is a software industry trend emphasizing developer and operations collaboration, customer empathy, and infrastructure automation. In contrast, in a DevOps model, the two teams collaborate closely toward similar, customer-facing goals. The operations team designs tools and processes that enable developers to produce, test, and ship code more quickly and easily.
The DevOps model relies on excellent tools to let teams deploy and develop for consumers swiftly and reliably. These solutions automate tedious activities, assist teams in managing complex environments at scale, and keep engineers in control of the DevOps-enabled high velocity.
Introducing DevOps culture and techniques to your organization is difficult. Large-scale changes to long-established silos can produce opposition, and corporate leaders frequently fear the associated costs. We have listed a few ideas for moving to a DevOps paradigm to address these concerns.
- Promote Communication and Collaboration
Improving collaboration between your Operations and Development teams is key to DevOps. You are probably not starting from scratch; however, examine and discuss the most effective examples of collaboration between your operations and software development teams. Existing dev/ops teams that collaborate closely promote excellent communication and engage in collaborative planning. Focusing on what is working and how to make it work better, as opposed to what is wrong, keeps things positive and increases the likelihood of success.
In addition to the condition of collaboration, you will also need to evaluate the deployment and maintenance of apps, services, and infrastructure for process successes and failures. Determine the greatest improvement potential – do your builds and tests take hours? Thus, it is also important to understand the diverse views of operations and development teams. This article outlines opportunities for collaboration across the application delivery lifecycle and may provide a useful framework for identifying issues and opportunities.
- Develop a strategy
After identifying chances to enhance collaboration and workflow between developers and operations, it is necessary to establish a detailed plan. Select significant opportunities and determine the initial measures to make an impact. Although engineers are not often known for their interpersonal abilities, the journey to DevOps is as much about people as it is about technologies and processes. During the whole process, you should involve important team members and company stakeholders in the change. It entails ensuring that you develop support for your initiatives and objectives by gathering input from important stakeholders: acquiring their opinions and goals, sharing and reshaping your strategy based on their input, and discussing your progress with them.
Finally, select reasonable deadlines and objectives. It is crucial to note that some of the change’s consequences may take longer to manifest as people adjust to new tools and methods of working.
- Evaluate and Reflect
After the chosen milestone, assemble the stakeholders and conduct a retrospective. There are many helpful tools for effective retrospectives. Still, no matter what method you use, you should create a space where you can critically look at your results, celebrate success, and think about how you would like to change or iterate the process in the future.
It is crucial, to be honest, and forthright while assuming the best intentions of your teammates while commenting on progress. Remember (and remind others) that you are all working toward the same purpose and share the same values and objectives.
We recognize Transformation to DevOps is a complex task. DevOps is about shifting your teams’ thinking from “I’ve done my work” to “the product/feature is now ready to be delivered.” Before implementation, the transition to DevOps must be carefully planned.
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