Devops – Integrating team cultures

With time there has been a lot of evolution in the practices that are followed by various teams within a software organization that is either developing products or providing services to develop products. In contrast to a clear boundaries that used to keep different teams separated, there has been a section of people that is working on diminishing these boundaries. People often are calling this group with different names like DevTestOps, DevOps, DevTestSecOps etc. and the most popular being DevOps that should integrate all of these together in one way or other.

What is Devops?

DevOps aims to bring together people with different cultures and philosophies, who share their best practices and continuously learn from each other, to improvise on practices and tools that can help an organization to deliver at a high velocity. In the process it enables them to learn and adapt at an unprecedented faster rate as compared to when they used to work in silos.

How it works?

DevOps aims to remove silos between various teams that are responsible to deliver a product to the end user. These may consist of only development and operations team, but in many cases it does involve test and infrastructure security teams as well (that one can also refer as DevTestSecOps model). With players from all teams coming together to form a single team, this model does boast of removing the bottlenecks quickly and everyone working together to make each other successful. One of the primary objective team has is to optimize the way of working by automating the necessary and redundant practices in the product lifecycle.

Benefits of DevOps

  • Improved Collaboration – With teams working together, there are ‘Zero’ Silos between teams that helps in building a efficient and engaged team culture
  • Enhanced Quality & Reliability – Practices like CI/CD enables quick verification and monitoring with each change of the code that results in enhanced confidence.
  • Accomplished Security – With automated security and compliance integrated into the configuration management system enables security control across the lifecycle
  • Higher Velocity – A platform to build, fail/succeed and deliver fast enables to quickly learn and adapt as per the customer needs providing a competitive edge over competitors

Best Practices to achieve DevOps

Though there is no set of defined best practices to implement a successful DevOps, but organizations have consciously started examining the proprietary practices that have engulfed them since long to identify gaps and most importantly think about getting rid of obsolete methods. With time, some of the best practices that have been adopted by various organization to implement a successful DevOps model are

  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Automated and Continuous Testing
  • Live Monitoring
  • Involved collaboration

Though all the above is true, while implementing DevOps culture, the most important philosophy that will make one stand apart is the ability to ‘Be Agile‘.