7 Steps for a Sustainable DevOps Transformation

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Establish Change and Increase the Scale

Methodologies of experiments that worked well should be embedded into the culture for long-term success. This might mean changing long-standing practices across the board, so brave decision-making is needed. The credibility gained from pilot schemes can be used to prove the new system works in practice. However, each team should be allowed to practice their own flavor of the common methodology if it helps them work faster. Agility is key to increasing velocity, so governance frameworks should be avoided.

After a while, these brave new methodologies will become part of business as usual. To ensure the right path is being followed, the right metrics need to be in place with close links to business KPIs.

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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