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5 Best Practices for DevOps Transformation

November 14, 2018


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The constant changes happening in the industry can be challenging to keep up with. To address it using DevOps could mean a colossal shift to the cloud, a cultural transformation, changes in roles and responsibilities of the individuals and teams, automation of processes, and so on. All these changes coming together can be overwhelming for any organization. Especially, when customers are sensitive to any glitches or performance issues and you need to perform business-as-usual.

Achieving DevOps is not straightforward and can take a long time before you get it working to deliver the desired results. But there are certain best practices that can be generally applied to every organization seeking a DevOps transformation. Here are a few of them:

Crush the #1 Bottleneck: Poor Collaboration

No matter what technical prerequisites you achieve, collaboration often remains the most difficult barrier to cross. This is mostly due to the fact that the development, testers, and operations are viewed as separate departments, working towards their individual goals, rather than the common goal of faster delivery. So, better communication is one way to connect the siloed teams together. These are a few steps that you can take:

Aim for Continuous Feedback

Software always needs to be user-centric but how do you make sure that you deploy the right software in time? Continuous feedback is fundamental for user-centric software deployment. Without continuous feedback, any investments in CI/CD, automation, and testing may not bring business results. This is why it is essential to create feedback loops that connect and enhance development efforts with inputs from users, markets, QA, and operations. Following are a few methods you can consider for continuous feedback:

Improve IT governance

It is easy to create an environment and deploy code but it is equally easy to make it insecure and lose security. An enterprise-focused risk and compliance rules do not fit DevOps; especially, with the cloud. A layer of governance is imperative to have. Particularly, visibility on access and knowledge of where the VMs are running. Once you have clear visibility over risk and vulnerability, the next logical step should be to increase the compliance to industry standards. To improve governance here are a few tips:

Automate with the right tools

DevOps would require you to integrate many different parts of the development process and make them work seamlessly for faster delivery. This is why automation should be at the heart of the development process. But choosing the right tools can be difficult. Here are a few tips to select the right automation tool:

Monitor DevOps performance

The end goal of DevOps is to deliver faster to production. It can be improved by monitoring the DevOps performance indicators like deployment time, Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) and failure rate. Such metrics can be constantly monitored to figure out which areas need to be optimized in order to speed up delivery. This practice cannot be missed if you want your DevOps to be successful. So, here are a few things you need to remember for increasing DevOps performance:

Conclusion

There are no set guidelines that you can use straight away. Due to many factors like application features, tech stack, and team capabilities, DevOps at your organization will be different from others’ experiences. To have a good DevOps transformation is to understand your own organization and experiment with several practices to know what works best for you.