7 Steps for a Sustainable DevOps Transformation

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Short-Term Wins

It's important to deliver visible results to the business to prove ROI. Pilot projects using more established team members can be used to show the increase in release velocity.

A pilot team should be chosen carefully, depending on the application. A good fit in terms of technology and architecture is more important than simply choosing your most highly skilled staff members and fitting them around the project. The impact of DevOps practices should be exhibited to the business wherever possible.

DevOps is not a market nor a methodology, but rather a philosophy. A portmanteau of developers and operations, DevOps can be thought of as a cultural movement or practice emphasizing collaboration and communication between software developers and other IT professionals. The goal? To increase the speed, frequency and reliability of building, testing and releasing software.

Today, the adoption of DevOps is growing rapidly across many industries. DevOps boasts both technical and business benefits. These include continuous delivery, continuous integration, simplicity of problems, increases in both productivity and value and time saved. In order to fully understand DevOps, one must live its values. This requires an organizational overhaul for IT departments and the shift to a non-traditional approach. Trust must be given to those chosen to lead the change, but enterprises still need concrete ways to measure success. As with any business venture, creativity is a means to an end, but the return on investment (ROI) is invaluable.

Before continuous delivery can be achieved, one must first develop a vision and begin implementing successful DevOps practices. According to John Purrier, CTO of Automic, adopting the following seven steps will empower teams in their efforts toward a sustainable DevOps transformation.

 
 
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