- Don’t Start It All from Scratch
DevOps is a practice and culture with its individual rules, principles, and best performs. However, they aren’t set in stone. Tossing your team’s experience in the dumpster for the sake of following what other organizations do is just unwise. DevOps isn’t about starting it all from scratch. Just the opposite! Kick off your DevOps journey based on practices you already have in place. Most likely, they aren’t perfect, but you can always figure better performs on top of them, rather than offensive the applecart for nothing.
Bear in mind that people always resist change. Don’t believe anybody who says otherwise. Thus, improve practices that you already have gradually. By doing so, you’ll avoid the unnecessary amounts of dissatisfaction caused by disruption and interruption.
- Don’t Oversell Automation
“What? You’ve just rambled on about how important it is…”
Yes, I know. Though automation is only a part of DevOps, not the replication, and you should method it carefully. As I mentioned above, you need to automate measures that are simple and free of errors, but that’s not all. You shouldn’t over- and under-automate, which essentially means that you have to understand your own necessities for development, testing, and deployment.
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You should pay close consideration to the tools you choose for automation and diligently train employees who will use these tools in DevOps, too. If you have fully grasped these moving parts, don’t start automating anything. Pushing your software through wrongly automated pipelines isn’t what you need.
- Don’t Forget About Security
DevOps is all about speed. Processes are associated and automated so that software could endlessly be delivered to customers. Yet, there’s a considerable flaw here.
While DevOps professionals are OK about automating stuff for the sake of faster announcements, infosec teams aren’t. To begin with, security tools are quite composite to automate and rage into DevOps. Then, DevOps pros deal with cloud and containers, which bring many security concerns and challenges to the table (obviously, not in a positive way). All of that brings us to DevSecOps, a software engineering practice that introduces security to the earliest stages of the SDLC. Security should become a dynamic element of your test-driven development and automated testing performs. Though DevSecOps isn’t that simple to implement, it’s absolutely necessary since one single breach of business- or customer-sensitive data can quickly put the nail in your company’s coffin.
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- Don’t Rely on Outsourcing
While this one is definitely doubtful, the recent State of DevOps report by Puppet (I’ve already referenced it above) clearly states the following:
Outsourcing by function is hardly adopted by choice performers and hurts performance. While outsourcing can save money and provide a supple labor pool, low-performing teams are almost 4 times as likely to outsource whole functions such as testing or operations than their highest-performing counterparts. I think that’s pretty much self-explanatory.
- Don’t Demand Immediate Results
The last “don’t” is quite easy to grasp in the situation of what has been said above. DevOps strains significant investments in employee training, practices, procedures, tools, and infrastructure overall, and it’s silly to expect instant results. But some people do. Approach your DevOps transformation cautiously. Progress what you already have, but don’t invest in what’s already broken.
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Give people time to adjust and learn. Do DevOps step-by-step and you will ensure a nonstop flow of worth to customers.