DevOps is being widely accepted and adopted by leading software development companies as the right way to integrate the various functions of the development and operations team for ensuring flexibility, reducing time-to-market, and increasing end-to-end responsibility. These companies are constantly on the lookout for new strategies and techniques for inculcating better DevOps culture in the organization.
Most of the time, DevOps consulting companies tend to focus more on bringing into effect newer programs and tools for encouraging DevOps and lesser on taking steps to improve the DevOps culture in the organization. When an application is being developed, its deployment and maintenance become more accountable and highly efficient.
The following tips can be adopted by companies who want to embrace the right DevOps culture:
1. More Automation
Since continuous integration and continuous delivery plays an important part in DevOps, automation is the key for successfully developing and deploying applications. Automation ensures reliable, safe and quick deployment of applications by those machines that have been pre-programmed with all steps of the deployment process. Applications can be delivered to customers without delay, due to the automation of major processes like the creation of new systems, deployment of software, bug testing, security issues and providing the right kind of infrastructure.
2. Common goals
There would exist more interaction between different teams and breaking down silos as a result of a good DevOps culture. Providing clear objectives for everyone helps in the alignment of goals set by the development and operations teams. Keeping in mind the main goal of ensuring customer satisfaction, the entire DevOps team can meet the changing customer demands quickly, along with the filling of new requirements and resolving customer issues.
3. Keep room for constant improvements
DevOps introduces an environment where teams work on applications in a more flexible manner, which is a stark contrast to the way they used to work earlier. Better communication is brought into effect, which allows for faster adaption happening in the products’ development, deployment, and management processes, which assists employees in increasing their efficiency, due to the new improvements that they introduce into the system. Moreover, in cases where there is a diversification of customer needs, changes in the rules and regulations as well as innovations made by competitors, the teams need to collaborate for adapting themselves to these dynamic changes happening in the business environment.
4. Foster collaboration and communication
One of the most crucial steps that any DevOps manager, not only must but should implement is the breaking down of silos, for the purpose of ensuring proper interaction and communication of teams outside the existing rigid hierarchical structure. DevOps managers have to conduct discussions with teams regarding the scheduling, features, resources, requirements, and execution so that every member of the team has a clearer idea of the plans being made for the products. In such discussions, the team members can provide their own inputs and suggestions into the development process, which helps in eliminating chances of inefficiencies cropping up. All of this enables the team to deliver the projects within the given deadline.
5. Take integrated responsibility for codes
More often than not, developers tend to hand over the responsibility for the code which they write, the moment it goes to the operations team. The operations team has the responsibility of deploying and managing this code. DevOps helps in removing this difference that exists between the roles and responsibilities of the team members. In an integrated environment, it is essential to have end-to-end responsibility. This is because the development and operations teams need to collaborate right from the beginning till the end of the project. In addition to this, they have to maintain the product and also take steps for solving any client issue. DevOps culture helps in the distribution of these responsibilities, thereby, promoting an environment of faster delivery of projects, lesser issues faced by team members and quicker implementation of requests made by clients.
Organizations that would like to implement a DevOps culture can avail of the services of a DevOps consulting company. These consulting companies help with the proper plan, organization, and execution of the right steps for encouraging a good DevOps culture in any given organization.