7 Steps for a Sustainable DevOps Transformation

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A DevOps Team Vision

Team members that support change will form the backbone of your transformation. Senior IT management should be involved, but only if they have the right attitude. Those resisting change may have to step aside, no matter how skilled or experienced.

DevOps should be aligned with the business vision of continuous delivery. The scope should be wide enough to cover all aspects of the DevOps movement, but be narrowed to focus on continuous delivery when required. A roadmap is needed to document key aims and their chronological priority along the journey. This takes preference over a detailed plan, as agile principles should guide day-to-day decision making.

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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