- Establish Direct Communication Between All Stakeholders
DevOps is a software engineering preparation and a culture of effective collaboration and frictionless communication. So all stakeholders of the DevOps procedure, not just a DevOps team, should be able to efficiently communicate with each other.
By stakeholders, I mean product owners, business and technical architects, developers, safekeeping, operations, UX designers, testers, project managers, Scrum masters, etc. We don’t conversation just about Dev, QA, and Ops teams here. To create a straight statement between all stakeholders, consider ChatOps, an exercise of using chat clients, chatbots, and real-time communication tools to simplify how responsibilities are communicated and executed. DevOps is all about team effort. If any stakeholder is excluded from deliberating new ideas, evaluating feedback, or working on implementing changes, the IT-organization becomes more likely to flop.
Suggested Read: DevOps and team communication
- Prioritize Culture, Not Tools.
DevOps can’t be applied unless you method it as a cultural change from the very start. But this I mean that you should focus on people and concrete responsibilities they do, not on tools that are required for the shift to DevOps. Don’t get me wrong. Tools are important, precisely when it comes to DevOps automation, but people are still at the core of DevOps. Should they fail to work as a team on one common area (which is to deliver invention and value to the end-user), your organization will never succeed in DevOps. The transition may be challenging, for sure. Some employees refuse to change their ways. Others are just too used to working in a storage tower. And so they choose to follow the path of least confrontation, which is
“Let’s add tools to the equation, and that’s it.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. You need to instill DevOps culture first into communication, collaboration, feedback collection and examination, and so on. Introduce change progressively to let employees reconsider and reconsider how they do things and to slowly transition to DevOps.
- Simplify Processes Before Automating Them
Effective automation is the strongest analyst of a successful transition to DevOps. Sadly, the absence of communication and culture pushes many IT-organizations to fall far short of the mark here. Basically, what they do wrong is systematize every procedure and repetition that they have had in their organization before DevOps. What they should do, however, is Generate a list of all processes in the organization Analyze and assess complex, fragile manual processes Figure out which of them are wrong processes and should be eliminated
Figure out how to simplify remaining procedures for automation you don’t want to automate anything that doesn’t work in the first place. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim. A must-read, by the way. Check it out! 4. Incorporate Automated Testing -Automated testing does allow you to implement a complete CI/CD channel in your organization. Just consider the number of organizes you’re supposed to do in a DevOps-ready organization and you’ll quickly realize that no QA department can handle it manually. And the potential bottlenecks are many. Of course, if you want to increase quality and enhance flow, test-driven development should be in place as well.
- Build a Governance Infrastructure
Because DevOps teams often forget about it and pay greatly when it gets out of indicator. In DevOps, you have to use numerous tools, services, and resources, such as APIs, storage, compute, and so on. To ensure DevOps efficiency, they should be managed and be easily available to all stakeholders
Otherwise, chaos is inevitable, sooner or later. That being said, you should build a proper organization to govern your tools, services, and resources in advance, well before you’ll need it. There are many tools to do that. The important thing to bear in mind, however, is that you need to path, secure, manage, and govern (yes, you need to have policies in place about who and when can access this or that tool) your infrastructure elements in one directory. So choose the tools wisely.