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How Successful IT Leaders Facilitate a DevOps Culture for Large Teams

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Last updated 14/08/2020


How Successful IT Leaders Facilitate a DevOps Culture for Large Teams

In the event that you've considered moving your group to a DevOps approach, you've most likely understood that it's not generally a clear procedure. Change requires some investment and will quite often experience obstruction. Here are three stages effective IT Leaders take while changing huge groups to a DevOps culture and attitude.

 

1. Have Clear Communication

Like executing any new tool or process, a fruitful DevOps change begins with a purchase in from your colleagues. To get that upfront investment, you have to guarantee that all colleagues have an away from what DevOps is (and isn't), the manner by which it will improve their day by day work processes and the arrangement for execution. Teaching colleagues will get them amped up for the end vision and address normal feelings of trepidation forthright. 

Having straightforward correspondence channels is a continuous need in DevOps. A few apparatuses and methodologies you can use to keep your group in the same spot are:

  1. Daily standups
  2. Team-based slack channels
  3. Notifications from project management and code management tools.

Successful DevOps teams have regular and frequent communication, so everyone has clear visibility about what’s going on with all projects, agendas, and objectives.

2. Use Tools to Implement DevOps Best Practices

Picking the correct tool to empower groups to be fruitful is pivotal for actualizing DevOps. Numerous instruments can kick you off, yet it's significant not to let the number of decisions deaden dynamic. Pick apparatuses that help DevOps best practices, for example,

Test Automation

There is often a lack of existing knowledge and required infrastructure to support test automation, so putting it in place can seem daunting. One huge benefit is that it will deliver immediate value that is easily visible to teams and the organization as a whole.

Selenium is a great option for test automation for many DevOps teams. Getting started can be as easy as recording a Selenium test with their supported drivers. As the team builds experience within this area, they can improve the infrastructure to use other tools. For example, it’s very beneficial to use the robot framework to integrate test execution into CI/CD pipelines.

Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)

Automating your workflows for continuous integration and continuous delivery is another important part of DevOps. Ensuring the code is handled correctly via workflow automation allows you to improve your processes and focus on the work at hand. By using tools such as Jenkins, MsTest, and Sonarqube, the build of the code can be consistently tested for each change a developer creates.

Tool Implementation

Once you choose a tool, start by transitioning small amounts of a workflow over to the tooling first. This way, teams have the chance to get used to it before fully diving in. Once you have made some success, share it with the rest of the organization. Pilot programs work great to educate others, build confidence, and gain buy-in.

3. Know the Barriers

A good first step in the transition to a DevOps culture is assessing your current situation and understanding what barriers stand between different teams. Figure out how to eliminate those silos and improve the flow of cross-functional information.

The culture within your organization needs to encourage continuous improvement and discourage blame. Teams need to have the ability to build fast, fail fast, and learn from their mistakes. Put a structure in place for feedback to be received and addressed in real-time.

As with all agile processes, it’s important to stop and look back on how the process is working. Be sure to have retrospectives with your project and organizational team. That way, you can take what you learn, put it into effect, and iterate again. This helps you tailor the solution to your specific processes, and when teams see their feedback acted on, it builds morale.

If you’re interested in shifting your team to a DevOps culture but aren’t sure how to get started, join our DevOps training sessions to gain more knowledge about it.

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