Every organization depends on a culture that fosters collaboration and creativity. DevOps—a portmanteau of “development” and “operations”— can accomplish just that. By removing barriers between software development and operations teams, DevOps can increase efficiency, reliability, response rate, and more.
It’s great to be ambitious but be careful of being too ambitious. Changing too much too soon often has the opposite of its intended effect, slowing down work and irritating long-time employees. Instead, start small by introducing your DevOps initiatives for low profile projects first. These projects can then act as experiments, proving what works and what doesn’t.
Be open to failure and experimentation
There is no one way to implement DevOps. It will be different for every organization. As such, there may be practices that succeed and practices that fail. Be open to experimentation and tell your team not to be afraid of failure. If something doesn’t work, move on and find a way that does work. DevOps is all about learning as you go, so creating a culture of experimentation can further fuel your efforts.
Find ways to encourage communication
DevOps relies on constant communication between your software development team and your operations team. If you don’t have a solid foundation that fosters communication, your DevOps strategy will ultimately fail. However, each organization is different, and one’s method for communication may not work for another. We recommend talking with your various DevOps teams and letting them decide. Once again, you will have to rely on trial and error before you find the best method.
Implement a deployment pipeline
DevOps can only function if there is an appropriate deployment pipeline. These pipelines are step-by-step procedures that play out every time there is a change in the code. They rely on a continuous testing environment that combines continuous integration, development, and deployment into one process. A deployment pipeline will bring together all members of a DevOps team, and they will be involved with every step of a service cycle.
For most software, the majority of tasks are run on the cloud. As such, application delivery needs to be as efficient as possible. That’s where containerization comes in. Application containerization makes your apps easily executable and lightweight. Individual parts of an application run independently, ensuring they can perform in any environment without dependencies. This will help your DevOps team manage applications quickly if a specific change is required.
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