DevOps is not only a methodology; it is something that needs to be woven into the values and cultural fabric of an organization. Besides, its adoption is unavoidable to keep your stride at par with high-velocity business rivals. Although, DevOps delivers compelling business benefits, many organizations stick to pre-digital methods of developing and delivering new products and services due to lack of their DevOps readiness.
In production terms, irrespective of the business case, whether it is a hardware-driven or a software-rooted one, most firms utilize Henry Ford’s assembly line method instead of a DevOps approach termed by Patrick Debois, excluding, some of the business models like Uber and Netflix are truly disruptive in both product and processes, which are rare exceptions within the sphere of the business world.
For every organization offering speed and agility, there are thousands more akin working with traditional SDLC methods. This disparity has drawn our attention to an important thing:
“Instead of developing a handful of highly-engineered products released per year, spinning up hundreds of apps and features by adopting more agile practice every quarter would count.”
The era of traditional models has dulled the end users’ feeling of excitement and anticipation for every “full fat” new software release. Today is about designing short sprints, accept fail fast method, quick release and rapid scale. It’s about being more agile, to fit in the modern business landscape.
While most IT leaders think DevOps is an antidote to the organization’s inefficiency. Yet, barriers to DevOps adoption still exist.
So, how can you kickstart your DevOps journey?
…Simply by Assessing Your DevOps Readiness.
Through this article, we dive through some of the key values that can help assess your organization’s DevOps readiness.
Assess Your Organization’s Current State
Before starting DevOps from a grass-root level, it is crucial to assess your current systemic issues, technical debt, and limitation of software delivery ecosystem. This brings all the resources on the same page of understanding costs and intended efficiency gains involved. It also lets you know where you stand and what needs fixing.
Without an accurate assessment, there’s no way to know that your organization is ready to adopt DevOps demands. It is impossible to identify the pain points and prioritize the list of changes required without an assessment.
Bottom line: The assessment process helps you gain insights into where your organizations sit with regards to Technical, Process, Measurement, and the Cultural domain.
Define DevOps Strategy
When embarking on the path to a successful DevOps initiative, your DevOps strategy needs to be aligned with the business vision and objectives at the team level. Each member must realize what they are trying to achieve with the strategy and metrics defined to accomplish a common business goal.
While defining a DevOps strategy, you need a clear understanding of your current practices such as – do you use test automation, or have good coding practices? How well do you manage continuous integration, configuration, application maintenance and release? Do you use agile or waterfall model or both? Or does your team follow ITIL processes?
Insights into these practices can explore your approach towards application development which helps in defining the best DevOps strategy, while reinforcing an individual’s problem-solving capabilities.
Bring Collaboration Between The Dev And Ops Team
DevOps is all about creating cross-functional collaboration between the development and operations teams. Generally, the conflict occurs when development teams are always hustling to push code, bug fixes, patch updates as quickly as possible. While operations teams mostly focus on delivering 100% customer satisfaction.
The ideology of DevOps is to create collaboration between the teams by aligning the goals, vision, and pipeline of priority tasks that facilitates faster and accurate software deliveries.
Identify tools and processes that can accommodate both the departments’ needs and involve team members in end-to-end software development life cycle to boost engagement and productivity.
Focus On Constraints
Figure out the largest bottleneck you face while delivering software. It could be transitioning new and changed systems into production or in processes and applications that limit your throughput. By focusing on these constraints, your DevOps team can logically understand what holds them back from the required cadence and address it.
Enlist the whole team to check the end-to-end process from conception to delivery, where the hiccups occur and where a little effort can pay a huge dividend since you cannot derail your DevOps initiative while trying to scale before being DevOps ready.
Develop Your DevOps Toolchain
The overall objective of DevOps implementation lies in the selection of the appropriate toolchain and integrating it into the application life cycle. In an ideal state, your well-integrated toolchain is the key to help you achieve your goal of delivering software into the hands of your customers faster and frequently.
However, selecting the right tools for your team is nearly difficult. Out of several flashy tools, a diverse range of options, and seemingly universal solution solvers, it is tempting to consider those who can solve your distinct problems.
Before all of that, find out loopholes that exist in your current processes for specific reasons such as manual testing, an excessive disparity of tools, or lack of collaboration that prevents you from growing effectively.
Analyze your toolchain components right from planning, development, operations, release and monitoring — to improve and each tool can be linked to its adjacent tool in the application life cycle. This will enable you to achieve continuous integration and a continuous delivery lifecycle.
DevOps is all about knowing your numbers. If you get right on your DevOps journey, you can thrive like any other. For more details, read this article on best DevOps practices to Fast-Track your Delivery Pipeline.
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