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Cultural Impact of DevOps (DevOops)

Implementing DevOps is no good without building a solid DevOps culture. These tips will help you avoid DevOops and create a true integration of developers and operations.

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The impact of DevOps has grown massively throughout the past couple of years, particularly due to the huge demand for a fast-paced IT group from enterprise stakeholders. I have been intrigued by a variety of articles surrounding the cultural side of DevOps over the past few months; so naturally, I felt it was my turn to delve into the topic.

DevOps as Culture

DevOps has without a doubt been the buzzword of this year, a process grounded in the merging of both Development and Operations teams into a single force for progress. The argument is that this integration is to be viewed as a cultural force in order for it to be a success...

“One thing is clear about the DevOps challenge – culture trumps all”. [1]

DevOps began as a progressive software development method, with its aims being rooted in increasing the velocity of building, testing and the release of software and applications in line with rapidly changing customer expectations. The creation of DevOps sought to ensure that Development and Operations teams could work together to guarantee the smooth and efficient running of agile development.

Now, this is where the culture part comes in; in order for DevOps to be a success, teams must be willing to adapt to change and work together in order to reach their common goal. Therefore, individuals must engage together, be empowered by the same sense of purpose and be shaped by a shared set of values and beliefs. Because of this, the DevOps culture has its foundations rooted in efficiency, teamwork, shared responsibility, and adjustment. (DevOops) — during this process, it is ok to fail. In fact, failure should be rewarded as it will allow individuals to take chances and risks allowing them to push to newer limits personally and organizationally.

Steps for Successful DevOps Culture

DevOps cultural success rests upon a few key features on the part of companies and team members.

Companies must provide “a safe environment, access to knowledge when people need it and freedom” [2] — Then get out of the way.

A suitable environment should encourage team members to feel empowered to ask, speak, think or undertake tasks without any hindrance in order to maintain the importance of efficiency within the DevOps culture. However, there are also many tools to bear in mind in order to encourage DevOps success as a team member.

Owing to the nature of the ever-changing DevOps culture, there has been some speculation of late that determines that DevOps should, in fact, be termed; ‘continuous development’. Continuous development is thought to best represent the fusing together of the Development and Operations worlds; a process which requires continual adjustment and progressive learning.

  1. The first step for best implementing and fitting into a DevOps culture is perhaps the most important; embodying continuity. As previously mentioned, DevOps is largely concerned with continuous development which encourages continuous deployment. Ultimately, implementing continuous deployment enables a constant rapid release of the software development cycle, ensuring a sort of software manufacturing pipeline.
  2. Continuous learning and testing are also of the utmost importance within the DevOps culture, a culture which embraces what can only be described as ‘smart failure’ or as I like to call it “DevOops”. In such a competitive market, persistent innovation is vital. Often the best way of problem-solving and creating ideas is through the constant testing of new methods and the learning of new skills – dancing around the edge of failure, if you like.
  3. Another aspect of ensuring DevOps cultural success is to practice total transparency. Sharing your knowledge and skills with your team can ensure that the team around you are able to work faster and better in order to achieve your shared goal. Distributing your knowledge will also encourage others to share their knowledge with you, facilitating a circle of wisdom. Transparency will encourage an increasingly well-rounded team with heightened understandings, putting code into production faster.
  4. It may seem obvious, but communication must be applied throughout the entire DevOps team in order to achieve success. Communicating through sharing knowledge and potential issues are the best way to ensure continuous development and efficient practice. Teams must also value communicated feedback in order to continuously advance the way in which Developers and Operations staff work together. This will ensure that the system itself can occur more rapidly and altogether more effectively.

It seems as though viewing DevOps as a culture is hugely important in order to ensure that the process of fusing Development and Operations continues to be a success. As a team member or a leader, it is crucial to be familiar with the tools outlined throughout this blog in order to fit neatly into this culture and ensure that the DevOps goals of intensified speed, efficiency, and team collaboration are effectively met.

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