“DevOps is not a goal, but a never-ending process of continual improvement” – Jez Humble
DevOps stands for Development and Operations. It is a software engineering practice in which Software Development and Operations are unified for better productivity. It aims to shorten developmental cycles, increase frequency of deployment, and ensure more reliable releases which are closely aligned with business objectives. It is essentially in place to reduce the time delay between committing a change to the existing system and this change being applied in the field for widespread use. This means that a company with an effective DevOps system can have newly developed innovations in the software sector be implemented faster on the job.
There are some basic elements of DevOps that remain as its core aspect regardless of the industry in which it is applied. Before starting the DevOps journey, you have to be careful on some fronts in order to make sure that the potential of this technology is fully utilised. Here are a few things to help you make your DevOps journey easier and most importantly successful.
Things to make DevOps journey easier & successful
1. Being Agile
Agile Software Development is a approach to Software development in which the combined efforts of self-organizing and cross-functional teams, along with their customers or future users result in the development of a software. This method is based on adaptive planning of the software which specifically suits the end user, evolutionary development, quick, and early delivery as well as continual improvement.
This is an important factor to consider if you want to make the most out of your DevOps journey. DevOps was made to increase the quality output of software firms and is strongly bonded to Agile Software Development. A higher rate of output requires the usual processes and channels to be faster, like quicker feedback loops, increased use of automation, and better quality control.
A lot of practices followed in DevOps are taken from Agile Software Development scenes, such as the cross-team collaboration between Development and Operations, quick and continuous feedback loops, and test-driven development.
Therefore, being Agile is a major trait to have in any DevOps journey.
Collaboration is the very foundation and core upon which DevOps functions. DevOps itself is the collaboration of Software Development and Operations teams. This Cross-team collusion is what makes DevOps faster, more efficient, and customer oriented. Here each team complements each other.
This association must be maintained for DevOps to function flawlessly. It is kept together by faster and better communication chains, continuous feedback loops, and so on. Cross-team collaboration ensures that the product is developed faster and in accordance with the operational needs of the customer.
3. Breaking Down Silos
This is another important part of DevOps. Silos are created in association with the division of labour, which results in specific teams which are dedicated to specific tasks. However, more often than not, these silos come with barriers that hamper the channel of communication between departments.
Breaking down silos helps to gain the much-needed Agility for DevOps. Different teams can now coordinate more easily and work together. The division of labour that hampered the unification of the results is no longer present. This results in the end product being the best-suited tool for its customer.
4. Awareness and Vision
DevOps is targeted to give the best-suited application for the end user and is oriented in such a way that the collective efforts bring out the best possible product. Here, what matters more than the best output for each team is the collective benefit of the company.
In DevOps, teams are no longer completely independent entities. Their goal now is to create something that is the best possible solution for the entire business and not just their best result.
With this scenario in place, it is important for all teams to know the desired end result. The final result is a culmination of all the work put in by all the teams, and this should be the prime focus of the company.
DevOps is about speed, agility, and better quality. It is also about what happens to their product in the long run. Maturity Models are a key part of DevOps. It also aims at quick, small successive wins, taking it one step at a time. This makes the entire process of inculcating DevOps into an enterprise a time taking yet rewarding process. This is where the awareness and vision for the future are important.
5. Introspection and Analysis
DevOps requires a certain level of advancement in the IT Department of your company, and this bar keeps on being raised as it develops. Therefore, constant self-judgement is important to the industry. The technology which powers DevOps is being upgraded every day. This is where introspection comes into picture
DevOps requires planning and perspective. You need to be able to visualize all sides of the topic, and you need to be able to analyse the different perspectives and sides involved. Introspection and reasoning are the main tools that will help you in this process. To visualize your own flaws, and to be able to correct them is important.
Not just during a project, but also during the process of integrating a DevOps culture in your company, it is important to study the existing system and learn how to improve on it. Constantly updating your knowledge is important.
DevOps is an unconventional but effective solution to quite a few problems faced by the industry today. The work can be done faster and more efficiently using DevOps. However, there are a few steps that you should remember before starting your journey if you want to end it on a successful note and achieve your goals.