The DevOps framework brings together the Development and Operations team to work together in an agile fashion towards a common goal: improved speed and productivity. Though this sounds simple enough, DevOps is not just a set of principles that an organization can simply implement in one day. Adopting DevOps is a long, on-going process that is more of a cultural shift than a process change.
During the process, organizations improve their processes and learn important lessons about collaboration and knowledge exchange. In this article, let us look at five such important lessons organizations learn while adopting the DevOps culture.
- The importance of DevOps: This is obviously, the foremost and most important lesson. Organizations adopting DevOps would learn first-hand, why DevOps is so sought after. They would also be able to appreciate why they have chosen to pursue this difficult path.
- The importance of delivering customer satisfaction: The primary goal of DevOps is to deliver customer satisfaction. Teams working in a DevOps culture would be able to see that this end goal constantly drives every process. In such an environment every step of the development cycle will be focused on delivering value to customers. This results in improved quality and innovation.
- The need for communication and collaboration: Team work is the backbone of the DevOps culture. Therefore, DevOps promotes empathy, collaboration, and team spirit. It also promotes the habit of feedback collection. Receiving feedback from teammates and end users, helps identify and make use of any scope for improvement. It also builds trust and camaraderie among teams.Working together and brainstorming in groups, also helps identify any loopholes in the existing processes, promotes innovation, and creates scope for learning from mistakes.
- Why one should learn to tolerate failure: Failure is an inevitable part of life and the same applies to organizations. While implementing a complex framework like DevOps, failure is not only common, but also desirable.By accepting failure as a part of the process, teams can come up with ways to rectify mistakes quickly, fix problems, and perform better.Creating a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and working on improving it is a good way to solve specific problems and avoid errors.
- The need for a change in attitude: As DevOps aims to erase boundaries within organizations, all the team involved must brace themselves for a change in culture. For the successful implementation of DevOps, the people involved must be willing to change. For example, the Operations team must understand and appreciate the efforts of the Development team and vice versa.
This attitude helps promote empathy and collaboration between teams. As all the team work towards a common end goal, working together is always better than working alone.
Teams must also be willing to embrace change, as change is truly the only constant in a DevOps environment. Teams must be willing to work hard in order to deliver good quality products at a faster rate.
The best way to prepare for the DevOps wave is to be open to change. Organizations implementing DevOps would also learn the importance of hands on learning. This practical knowledge will help teams solve problems and deepen their understanding of concepts. For an organization open to learning, DevOps is more of a blessing than an inconvenience.