6 Key Elements for Building Effective DevOps Teams

After documenting the business, market, user and technical requirements for your software project, it’s time to take a look at your DevOps process: Is it designed to move applications efficiently through development, testing, deployment and support?

If not, you may need to allocate a separate budget and designate specific team members for each of your DevOps teams assigned to software projects. The plan should include a strategy for issue management—including logs, monitoring, triage and diagnostics. It’s also good to establish processes and tools for managing release processes while identifying the indicators to measure deployment success. As you work to build more effective DevOps teams for your organization, there are five key elements you should consider:

Key Principles for Building DevOps Teams

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  • Active Stakeholder Participation: Developers, operations staff, support resources, and business unit leaders must all see one another as important stakeholders and actively seek to work together regularly.
  • Leadership: Whether or not you intend to create dedicated DevOps teams, the process itself requires ongoing leadership—people who can keep initiatives on track and make sure the team applies best practices and methodologies. If not a dedicated team, ambassadors from each department can be recruited into the leadership effort.
  • Culture Transition: DevOps adoption is a cultural shift, and the required attitudes are dramatically different than traditional development and operation processes. The team must focus on the rapid introduction of improvements in successive version releases, and promoting mutual feedback among operating departments, IT operations, and development resources.
  • Strategy: In a DevOps environment, the strategy is a living thing that evaluates and responds to constantly changing elements of the business environment, especially the responses of people as things change. Strategy also becomes critical to the ongoing success of the initiative to select and prioritize projects.
  • Detailed Plan: For the first iteration of any DevOps project, a detailed plan will guide everyone’s actions. Check to make sure the plan is complete, comprehensive, and aligns with DevOps principles. Future plans will benefit from feedback from internal end-users and customers.
  • Process Training: It’s vital to train the team to become well-versed in Agile methodologies, a key component of DevOps. Only then can teams optimize their performance.

Angel Almada“The conversation surrounding the advantages of DevOps tends to focus on how the practice benefits the IT department and development teams. But the impact of implementing a DevOps strategy is felt throughout the entire organization—which reaps the benefits of continuous improvement, agility, and faster time-to-value. In other words, DevOps done right results in better products and a better business.”

Angel Almada – Director of Software Delivery

Final Thoughts

To build your DevOps process, you will also need to implement several tools. These include automated testing along with integrated configuration and change management. Another key aspect is the willingness of developers to provide production support for serious issues and to monitor application performance. Both of these practices will improve their software coding abilities.

The ultimate payoff of DevOps is a continuous integration and deployment process. This, in turn, enables you to quickly respond to the needs of internal users as well as your customers.

 

Companies can make mistakes when they decide to adopt DevOps, a potentially transformative evolving discipline. Experienced Tiempo consultants and best practices can help you overcome organizational gravity and avoid missteps that could delay DevOps benefits.

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