Getting started with DevOps requires development executives to work collaboratively with infrastructure and operations leaders toward common business goals. Anticipate some initial resistance and find the common ground upon which to build mutual trust. DevOps focuses on releasing software faster and more efficiently, improving the technology organization’s ability to respond to business needs. Greater agility and faster release cycles drive a continuous stream of software to the Cloud and can increase ROI, customer satisfaction and market share.
An implementation of DevOps should reflect the nature of the organization, while remaining consistent with the goal of continuously improving the flow of new software releases. DevOps, like Agile, is people-first approach. Although all four key elements– people, process, technology and metrics – are important, DevOps is primarily a cultural change toward collaboration and shared business objectives.
While DevOps yields high-reward outcomes, the effort, challenge and risk in implementing DevOps varies according to the incumbent development method (See Figure 1). Continue reading