DevOps can be defined as an agile relationship between the development and the operations team within the organization. This means, it has a lot more to do with people, than it does with purely technological enhancements. Therefore, there are certain cultural traits that are part of the change within the organization, which one would have to go through. Here is a list of things that organizations will have to adapt to, if an organization has to adapt to DevOps.
- Communication: An important trait of DevOps organizations is that there is a lot of importance given to communication within the team and across the organization. Though different teams have specific roles, DevOps nurtures a lot of cross-functional dependencies, and therefore requires open communication between the teams. A lot of the work, within an organization adapting to DevOps, requires communication and collaboration between the team to achieve common goals.
- Team work: Team work is a vital piece of DevOps culture. DevOps culture requires a lot of teams to work together for a common goal and in short periods of time. This means that each member has to be a team player and recognize that everyone needs to work together to get the job done. This also means that the culture of blame has to be eliminated. When everyone is working towards a common goal, the successes and failures belong to everyone in the team, and the teams share responsibility.
- Process flexibility: DevOps is a dynamic process, and includes agile methodologies. This means that the process will need to be flexible enough to adapt to the changes of everyday needs. Rigid processes slow down the development, while trying to adapt to DevOps in the organization. When something doesn’t work, an organization adapting to DevOps must be willing to rethink processes and change them easily and quickly – both of which are required for the success of DevOps.
- Transparency: One cannot emphasize the importance of transparency when it comes to an organization that is adapting to DevOps. Transparency means everyone knows the bottlenecks faced and the challenges that surround the production of the product or service. This also means that there are lesser managers and more leaders. Meaning everyone takes ownership of the product or service and is up to speed on what is going on, and is also working towards its betterment, one cycle at a time.
- Continuity: DevOps is all about Continuous Development (CD) and Continuous Integration (CI). So, organizations that work with DevOps must have continuity in their development and integration. This means, all the teams work tirelessly to maintain the continuity, whether it be integrating code, testing, deploying or delivering; DevOps focuses on creating a simple cycle that is constantly providing results.
- Planning: For a DevOps organization to run seamlessly, there is no substitute to planning. This means eliminating unplanned work and sticking to the plan. As much as there must be flexibility in the process, a plan in place is inevitable for DevOps to succeed within an organization. Planning will help you prioritize and eliminate wastage during each cycle. It will help enable you to focus on what is required rather than what is available.
- Embrace Failure: DevOps works differently for different organizations. There is no ‘one size that fits all’ solution in the DevOps world. It is a process that slowly needs to be adapted for different verticals within an organization. As the organization adapts to DevOps, sometimes the processes may fail and this is something organization will have to factor in and change. Additionally, focusing on eliminating and fixing failures quickly is also vital.
- Automation: Though DevOps is not just automation, automation is an important aspect of DevOps. This, however, is not just the job of the developers to figure out. Every team member will have to be engaged in figuring out what can be automated to optimize the outcome.
- Motivation and Autonomy: DevOps is about people therefore, the members of the team must feel motivated to do what needs to be done. Additionally, they must also feel like they have the autonomy to take the decisions they need to make, to get their job done. Working together is an important aspect of DevOps and team members being motivated and feeling empowered are important aspects of the culture.
Overall, it is clear that DevOps is not just about technology, it is about a complete change in how your organization views development and collaboration. Therefore, before you even adapt to DevOps, it is important to get a buy in from the different teams involved that this is a change they want, and that this is something they will want to work towards, together.