Best Practices to Improve IT and DevOps Collaboration

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Lack of Collaboration

The study found a significant lack of collaboration between IT support and development teams, with 73 percent of support teams being dissatisfied with their current level of involvement with development.

Best Practices: Organizations need to build a company culture that focuses on and promotes team work and collaboration. To start the process, set up shared goals across teams and schedule regular cross-functional meetings to review software demos and customer insights, and to increase cross-functional awareness.

It's no surprise that DevOps is a hot topic in the IT industry. The most recent Puppet Labs' "2015 State of DevOps Report" showed that high-performing IT teams were twice as likely to exceed goals in profit, market share and productivity. They also boasted 30x more frequent deployments, 60x fewer failures, 60x higher change success rates and 160x faster recoveries.

And while many vendors claim DevOps is about automation and continuous delivery, they fail to mention the number one success factor: culture. The core of the DevOps movement is about removing silos and improving collaboration between IT and development teams. Underpinning this movement is the culture, collaboration and sharing that bring about these monumental results.

Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project, talks about the second way of DevOps - amplifying your feedback loops. "The outcomes include understanding and responding to all customers, internal and external, shortening and amplifying all feedback loops, and embedding knowledge where we need it," writes Kim.

IT support teams have a unique perspective on the impact software has on users. They speak to users, day-in and day-out, listening to their feedback and solving their issues. This amounts to a wealth of knowledge that has the power to fix or improve products, reduce future customer requests and improve customer satisfaction. But is this feedback actually making its way back to product development? 

To find out how IT support and development teams work together, the JIRA Service Desk team from Atlassian commissioned research with HDI, the largest association for technical support professionals with 150,000 members. This slideshow features highlights from the study, as well as best practices organizations can implement to improve collaboration between the teams.


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