Scaling Development Beyond Agile: The DevOps Way
With faster time to market, DevOps delivers very well on the quality of the product. DevOps helps developers cope with the ever-increasing demands of customers.
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Fast time to market has been a common motto of every organization. Brighter ideas and newer approaches have always paved the way for better products. Adaptive planning, prompt responses to changes, early delivery, and continuous development formed the main pillars of what was to be called the Agile methodology. Thus, with the introduction of Agile, it was soon able to gain ground — eradicating the limitations of the mainstream Waterfall method of developing a product.
Agile: The Renaissance in Software Development
The Agile Manifesto, introduced in 2001, brought an ultimate revolution in the software development industry. Agile methodologies have smoothened the way for developers to disintegrate larger software development projects into smaller ones. This, in turn, accelerates the feedback exchange process and makes the product characteristics match the market needs.
A simple Agile scenario consists of a Project at the top that is broken down into various Releases. Each Release has its own set of Sprints. Each Sprint, in turn, contains a set of Product Backlogs. This simple breakdown structure involves an iterative way of planning with constant feedbacks from prospects and continuous development.
What Agile Lacks
Agile methodology has been one of the most successful procedure in developing a software. It gave a toss to the new practices and technology breakthroughs that helped reshuffle and automate the entire software delivery lifecycle. However, there remained some gaps which needed to be taken into consideration.
Focus on Development
It has been recognized that Agile methodologies mostly focused on the development phase. Apart from development, testing, integration, etc., also play a major role in the process — which was not acknowledged in Agile properly.
In Agile, there was a belief that a synchronized system design would come out on its own once all the functionalities get added to the product based on user feedbacks. However, that did not happen in reality. Rather, it becomes more complex with each functionality getting added — and with this, the system too must be flexible in order to integrate the constant changes in it.
Isolated Ops Team
Deployment can never be smooth in Agile if the Ops team is not in sync with development. Without seamless communication between the teams, the product would eventually not be released to the customer at the pace it was desired. There emerged a growing problem of not meeting the market demand in time.
Delay in Marketing
Due to growing complexities in the product, the time-to-market also increases, meaning more delays in delivery and marketing.
With increased delivery time span, cost also surges hand-in-hand, which in turn raises the overall project cost.
In a nutshell, Agile is of limited help when it comes to integrating the operations phase early into the software development lifecycle. Without an integrated system of production to delivery, it is not possible to achieve the productivity as expected from agile teams.
The Evolution of DevOps
Functional silos muted the strong objective of Agile efforts to accelerate delivery of quality software applications — and with this, DevOps seized the arena. Through flawless integration, it brought all the working teams together, waning all the existing silos. This intrinsic combination of Development and Operations together enhanced collaboration, communication, integration, and automation. The rise in productivity with quicker delivery baffled the entire IT world.
DevOps: The Earned Benefits
Now, the question is: Beyond Agile, why should we give a serious thought to DevOps implementation?
Let’s see the various benefits that a DevOps system offers.
With DevOps enabled, all the teams are now connected and can work together in the same platform, fostering collaboration. Development, testing, and operations teams, with combined effort, can work more efficiently with shorter time lags.
The development tools were integrated with the operations tools, which increased the transparency of work being done between teams. With continuous synchronization, it is now possible to keep all the tools connected together.
When all the DevOps participating tools are connected to each other, it becomes easier to automate the entire production-to-deployment processes. This increases productivity in the long run and ensures continuous releases.
With better communication between teams comes better coordination, and better coordination results in better visibility. A good teamwork keeps an eye on the highly coordinated system.
With minimum human interventions and continuous data flow, the rate of product delivery increases. This, in turn, increases overall team productivity.
With constant monitoring of progress running behind the scene, dependable and consistent releases can be obtained. Customers get rapid solutions when developers and service desk engineers are timely notified of any occurring event. With an automated and integrated platform, various kinds of reports and dashboards can be designed to monitor continuity in productivity.
Above all, with continuous planning being one of the key fundamentals for all stages, the entire scenario is monitored with utmost efficiency.
With faster time to market, DevOps delivers very well on the quality of the product. In order to cope with the ever-increasing demands of customers, DevOps has implemented the concept of creating a better and more efficient applications output.
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