DevOps aims to embrace the idea of working together with developers and operators to create better products. Working on DevOps scaling can seem daunting, but these listed steps will help you start building a thriving DevOps culture today.
While some of the practices and technologies related to DevOps are still immature, small teams are always evolving into more comprehensive engagement with the company’s overall IT capabilities. Such a successful team welcomes happier customers and is blessed by senior management. But what’s next?
Organization leaders are always looking for more. So how does the DevOps team need to work in a large organization? DevOps scaling is a journey, and there’s no more time to take the first step.
Initiate with smaller teams at first.
You may have heard of the “innovator dilemma.” A challenge of innovating when we get trapped in the current cycle of reality (the product of our daily work). It is essential to remove this challenge when scaling up.
Start by creating a small team of people who have the necessary skill sets to deliver value to their customers. It separates team members from their day-to-day work and gives them space to become the innovators they need. Don’t get caught up in the tools you might need. Decide what to offer (small goals first) and then form a team to achieve these goals.
Enhancement of skill development
Look at your team. Is your teamwork in a learner’s way? Are they ready to try something new and collaborate with different groups? The ideas of these starting teams need to be in the right place. To get the most out of both the operational and developer worlds, encourage your team to grow their skill sets.
DevOps is philosophical. Remember that these team members need to feel that they are possible before they can hone their skills and innovate. Create an environment where people can try new things and make mistakes.
For DevOps to be successful, there must be a positive culture between operations and developers. DevOps doesn’t just offer products. You need to work to build a strong relationship between your product and your sales team. Culture must be considered important as automation and testing, and the entire business must adopt this approach.
The challenge is to involve everyone, from the team to the customer. That’s why a small group (step 1) is essential. Ask for pre-delivery approval, start with small goals you can achieve, and work on building a successful history with small releases. Your team will grow even further.
Get customer feedback as soon as possible. You can monitor how they are using the system and incorporate construction and modification methods. Get as much input as possible from your team in stages until you are confident in deploying a successful product.
If possible, separate deployment and release as much as possible. Suppose you can deploy your code without being seen by your customers or release it to a specific group. In that case, you can work on iterative deployments by getting user feedback and incorporating it into significant releases.
Create test-driven development and strive to make everyone responsible for quality. Make sure each team member invests in everything from operations to action and for everyone in between. Automated testing is recommended. Otherwise, continuous delivery can be nearly impossible.
For successful automation, check the delivery process, eliminate the first thing you can do, and check the automation. How do you deploy your code? How do you monitor it? How do you roll back? Not all bugs can be caught, but automation can see even more. What if you find a bug? Can you handle it quickly?
Work in small deployments and keep them tight and clean. Use automation to reduce rollback.
Shifting risk alleviation left
Thanks to Agile, cloud, and microservices, implementation time has been significantly reduced. The sooner new code goes into production, the sooner the company realizes its value. System tests, compliance audits, application platforms, run-time errors, and reports are all speed blockers.
The coded approach includes policies with the release, tests are run, and build-time and run-time errors are addressed. Each policy and dependency is defined as code, versioned, and stored in source control along with the application code. They move the pipeline with the application code, are updated and versioned with the application, and are monitored in production. The simplest and quickest way to reach adherence is to bind application releases and source code at the stage of source control.
Keep the programming simple to deal with
For organizations and individuals not born in the digital age, the concept of “doing everything in code” may seem overwhelming. Moreover, today the world is facing a shortage of developers. It doesn’t say that every person has to become a coder. There are resources that are accessible that can be utilized by humans (by using human-readable languages) in code editing without programming languages.
The infrastructure is simple; users only have to configure the infrastructure’s parameters without writing custom scripts for each system. Not only does this give code access to teams across organizations with different skill sets, but the time that operational, security, and QA teams need to spend manually updating process and policy documentation. Many of them are eliminated.
The “Things Are Happening Fast” Growth Team
The business is on track, and we are receiving feature requests. What will happen next? Businesses need engineering teams to grow. Communication is lost as the team begins to grow.
This is not necessarily an inefficient problem, but human nature. It’s challenging to maintain the same professional relationship with a team of 30 engineers as to when I was eight. To exacerbate this problem, the team will continue to put out the fire. Even if everyone on the team is equally motivated to dive, most people will likely not have the context.
Expect more stress on the CTO as it becomes clear that it is the last soul remaining on the team with institutional knowledge to solve the problem. As a result, they spend less time being optimistic chief technology officers in favor of solving today’s problems.