DevOps Practices: Part 2
6: Start with projects that are small and ensured for success
CIOs who endeavor to move IT culture away from silos need to make sure that the newly integrated DevOps work teams rack up some quick successes. This builds their belief and cooperation in the new methodology.
7: Don’t forget the users!
The applications you’re developing are for the end business. Without the critical support of business stakeholders, your DevOps works will be in jeopardy. Actively include end users throughout the DevOps process, from the time you sit down with them to define app requirements through prototype development, unit testing integration/regression testing, training, and deployment.
8: Collaboratively manage change
When multiple parties collaborate in a rapid-paced development effort that engages prototyping and other tools change to an app is going to happen. This is why an effective change management process is vital to every DevOps project. The moment an app change is asked for, the request should go out to everyone on the team, no matter which IT discipline they work in. This communication should be routed to end-user stakeholders as well.
9: Continuously deploy applications
DevOps is best leveraged in a continuous app deployment model where sites don’t wait to bundle numerous enhancements into separate software releases but instead opt to continuously embellish and deliver revised applications. A continuous app delivery model with a strong change management system enables new app capabilities to be delivered to the business faster.
10: Create a service environment within the company
The days of the IT “glass house” are over. To stay relevant, IT must keep its finger on the pulse of the business users’ needs and deliver apps that meet or exceed functionality and time-to-market expectations. It can do this if it changes its culture to stress the values of team effort, open communications, and commitment to customer satisfaction–even if the customer resides in an adjacent office.
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