Accelerate delivery and operation of high-quality, reliable software
DevOps encourages a collaborative, technically-empowered ‘new way of working’ that enables teams to move at the speed of rapidly-changing and evolving business landscapes.
Through automation and focusing on building quality in, DevOps reduces the risk of delivering software at the speed of innovation, while operating it with improved security and stability.
Look through the lens of the DevOpstician
This lens highlights how value moves through development to delivery. It looks for bottlenecks, manual processes that can slow and hinder flow of value. This lens looks to automate repeatable processes.
This lens is used to determine how information is shared across the enterprise. This lens looks for concise, actionable quality feedback to be delivered to relevant parties.
This lens looks at the workplace of the team members involved. It looks for cultural mechanisms that encourage responsibility and creativity as it pertains to the delivered product.
This lens looks at the structure of an organisation of team. It looks for cross-functional teams that can switch roles or context to ensure the job is done. It looks for empowered, transformational leadership that is willing to invest in and encourage team members in their growth.
This lens looks at how a team ensures quality in a delivered product. It looks for a "shift-left" mentality that ensures the quality in built artefacts as soon as, if not before, they are actually created.
This lens looks specifically at which tools are being used in a organisation. It ensures tools are being used to optimise the delivery of value and quality to the end user. It looks for tools that are not being used correctly or are unsupportable by the organisation.
Your DevOps change journey
Deciding on how to start a DevOps change journey can be a daunting prospect. Our free eGuide, written by Peter-John Lightfoot, lays out the key areas, actors and activities that should align for successful change, along with some pragmatic approaches for change in the various roles that might collaborate.
The four principles of empowerment
ensuring the team understands the business goals at a macro and project level opening up visible business, delivery and technical metrics, monitoring and logs
assigning clear responsibility with authority to act to deliver the business goals making the team responsible for end-to-end delivery, production support, technologies and tooling
providing the ability to make decisions, communicate rapidly and remove impediments encouraging flat-structured, cross-functional teams, made up from the business and all technical areas touched on by delivery
Learning and Innovation
structuring for continuous improvement, making it safe-to-fail and encouraging experimentation growing internal capabilities and making external knowledge, skills and experience available
For more on the Pillars of Empowerment, see this article by Chris Pollard
A Continuous Delivery ‘eco-system’
These four Pillars of Empowerment are the glue in a Continuous Delivery ecosystem connecting people, process and technologies to deliver maximum value.
Cross-functional delivery teams
DevOps teams consist of people right across the value chain. Delivery teams are self-organising, empowered by leadership and free to create the highly collaborative culture which motivates engagement. Because of this DevOps is more likely to create happier and super-productive teams.
Lean is about reducing waste, being responsive, adaptive and pragmatic. By default DevOps is lean by default and reduces the waste in traditional, siloed delivery environments including: noise and complex interactions at the interface of Dev and Ops; repetitive tasks that should be automated; difficulties in scaling production environments; excessive time taken to discover and respond to issues in production because of lack of visibility; and flaky environments.
Agile software delivery
Agile is fast becoming the default approach to software delivery because delivering value in small increments, frequently, is a prerequisite for competitiveness in today’s environment. DevOps maximises the benefits of Agile by making operations an integral part of the delivery process and extending the team’s responsibility to include deployment.
Automate and elevate feedback
DevOps implements innovative technical practices that streamline the development, testing and deployment of technology. It automates the repeatable to create consistency, speed and predictability. This in turn helps minimise risk, improves the transparency and auditability of processes. It also elevates feedback by creating feedback loops that allows teams to maximise the value they deliver. Build>Deploy>Measure>Learn. Rinse and Repeat.
Tools that empower teams
Tools exist to cover every aspect of delivery and operation including build, deploy, checking, release, version control, configuration management, orchestration, infrastructure provisioning, performance monitoring and AB testing. The ever-increasing DevOps toolset enables and empowers teams to deliver and improve.
Deploying technology fast and automatically in the Digital Age requires suitable self-service infrastructure to create and scale environments. Scalable platforms and live-view production environments allow easy, super-fast provisioning and management of the system by the team.
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