Accelerating Digital Transformation Through Implementing a DevOps Capability
In order to accelerate solution development in support of your digital transformation initiatives, it is critical to understand the value of implementing a DevOps capability. DevOps is more than just a platform for digital assurance, DevOps is a cultural movement.
DevOps is a Cultural Movement
From its definition to the capability model, DevOps is primarily a cultural movement. It involves behaving and doing things in a very different way than the traditional practices many organizations have been comfortable with. As is typical with all change initiatives, some people will jump on board and be singing DevOps praises almost immediately, while others will be more reserved and a minority will never buy into it, hoping it is a fad that will go away.
DevOps Calls For A New Approach
DevOps requires rolling out change with an approach that matches it essence—people-centered, feedback-driven and agile whilst seeing the organization from a systems perspective. Whilst many have picked up on the DevOps buzz and are excited about the transformational change that it could bring, there will, without doubt, be the nay-sayers in every organization who simply cannot cope with the new world. Trust and openness between teams, IT departments and business stakeholders is critical. There is no room or time for protecting your position by keeping knowledge in your head or bagging out the Development Team when things are not going well (yes, even if they absorbed 90% of the project schedule leaving no time for testing). If an organization is truly serious about achieving the benefits of DevOps, it might be time to provide them the choice of either change their attitude, or letting them go.
Patience and Persistence are Necessary Virtues
Achieving a culture where DevOps is humming along is not going to happen overnight but over time culture change will reach a critical mass. The platform for this is high levels of trust, collaboration and transparency equally across IT teams and the business.
It’s neither feasible nor necessary to ‘boil the ocean’. The principles of Lean are all about understanding the critical pain points specific to your organization and focusing on them. Start with just one critical pain point, experiment, test and learn, demonstrate success – major or minor – and then look at other constraints to elevate.
We believe a deeper understanding of its context and history provide insight into key implementation problems, and avoidable mistakes. By approaching DevOps from a holistic perspective, we believe our capability model provides an answer to common implementation problem and a contribution to the collective knowledge of the DevOps community. We wish you good luck for your DevOps implementation and journey in transforming into a digital business.