DevOps – Getting Started
Getting started with DevOps can be quite challenging. Many managers struggle to understand what DevOps is all about and then are even more challenged with beginning the journey. Developers and Operations professionals each have their own style and approach. This is also true for both QA and data security resources too.
Volleyball for Developers
DevOps first and foremost involves improving communications between Development and Operations. Too often, the relations between these two teams resembles a volleyball game with Development tossing a release over the net to QA and operations escalating incidents back to development when things don't work. This behavior resembles a dysfunctional family and harms the company in many specific ways. What is needed is more effective communications between Development and Operations.
The DevOps journey begins with Development helping Operations get up to speed. Operations also needs to communicate their requirements to Development. QA and data security are key stakeholders in this effort and it has been my experience that the big problem is usually the existence of corporate silos that adversely impact collaboration and communication. Technical expertise must be shared and development with all stakeholders. Getting started with DevOps focuses on moving Operations best practices upstream. In future articles we will discuss exactly how to do this.
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