Let’s accept it, we all have come face to face with broken product delivery pipeline during our processes. To combat such situations, more and more companies are adopting DevOps to bring transformation in their DevOps processes. Despite all this, a lot of organizations are still clueless about what DevOps exactly is, resulting in DevOps transformation failure, of course.
On that note, I would like to share with you a few reasons why DevOps transformations often fail:
1. Giving Extra Attention To DevOps Tools And The Automation
In DevOps, automation plays a crucial role. DevOps tools hold a significance place as well. Developers are fond of playing with tools like Chef and Docker. But, truth be told, these tools are just enablers. Automation and tools are an integral part of DevOps as they allow people to shift their focus on the things that cannot be evaluated easily by computers.
DevOps tools help in providing feedback for people to make the right decisions and help them reducing the efforts on re-checking their work by enabling processes to occur repeatedly. The value of the tools can be gauged by what they allow people to achieve. You should not be focusing on implementing the tools, rather, you should put more focus on how the tools aid you in achieving your goals.
2. Being Dishonest About The Progress
You should always be realistic about the entire process, be it about incorporating changes, or about building features. Breaking the work into small, manageable pieces can help you take a confident approach on your estimates. Being honest about your progress lets the entire team set realistic expectations and plan out things accordingly. There might be instances when you see your schedule slipping away. In times like these, you can always make adjustments easily if you are honest about the progress.
3. Working Towards Delivering Faster For More Value
DevOps culture offers various key benefits that are derived from the lean movement. Products are delivered in a much frequent manner when built incrementally. Also, getting rid of waste from the delivery process spares you the time that you might have invested in something that adds no value to the product.
According to the Lean model, you should segregate your work into manageable portions. These portions can be gradually delivered to keep the process moving. This leads to you delivering your work right on time for the process to move further. By the end of the process, you are left with a minimum of wasted time. Re-prioritizing also becomes an easy task, allowing you to deliver at an optimum speed, keeping business agility intact.
4. Believing That Change Is A Piece of Cake
It is easier to flow with familiar patterns, especially when things get a bit rough, but making changes is the only way to improve. Change is an important factor when you want your processes to improve. You cannot move towards a better experience if you keep repeating things. If you fear making wrong decisions, you get to learn and grow. Change demand effort and time, but pays off well.
5. Ignoring Continuous Improvement
Feedback loops are what the delivery pipeline in DevOps is made up of. These feedback loops enable to inspect, reflect, and decide whether you are still doing everything right in an appropriate manner. As you learn more, you will find ways to optimize and improve, and eradicate steps that do not provide value to your process.
Continuous improvement is a cultural shift. Whenever you sift through the process, you get better and learn more.
Don’t think of DevOps as an elixir to all the difficulties faced by your organization. It is important to acknowledge the reasons of DevOps adoption before implementing it in your processes. DevOps implementation should be capable of delivering value to the end user.
References: techbeacon, dzone