Transitioning to a DevOps approach can be a confusing and formidable prospect. Looking at organizations that practice DevOps, we may see a completely foreign country with a different organizational structure, practices, and a formation of new DevOps tools for us to learn. It’s easy to forget that those companies took a long time to get where they are and that they started with much little, much simpler steps. One of the challenges organizations face is that they think the smallest first steps take months and cargo of training. In this article, I’m going to talk about seven very small steps that you can start today. Many of these don’t require you to buy new DevOps automation tools or make changes to your organization. They can be done by the CTO or by a focused developer or system administrator. Most importantly, they can be done today; between meetings, during lunch, or on a train journey home.
The major tool categories include:
DevOps has become the standard for creating and delivering software, and this shift interweave product management with DevOps. It makes sense though. The goal of product management is get the best product to market as quickly as possible. And, once products are with customers, product managers want to make sure the product continually works as well as possible. And the role of DevOps? Get the best products to market as quickly as possible. Product groups are Ops teams now. So product management is part of all seven DevOps practices.
- Version Control All Production Artifacts
Tools that track software versions as they are released, whether automatically or manually. This means numbering versions, as well as traces the configuration and any environmental dependencies that are present, such as the type, brand, and type of the database; the operating system details; and even the type of physical or virtual server that’s needed. This categorization is related to change management tools.
- Continuous Integration and Deployment
Tools that automate the building and deployment of software throughout the DevOps process, continuous integration and including continuous development.
- Automated Acceptance Testing
Stop the line not only when the build breaks but also when something breaks in an robotic user test, an integration test, or a system test. This step keeps things in an always-deployable state.
- Peer Review of Production Changes
Use peer reviews for better quality; hold your team’s familiarity, shared goals, and mutual accountability, as opposed to external change approval (such as a change advisory board).
- High-Trust Culture
This is both a practice and an outcome result from a single source of truth, peer reviews, and shared goals.
- Proactive Monitoring of the Production Environment
Monitor and communicate across the groups so everyone can see, understand, and affect end results and customer utilization.
- Unwinding the complexity
Selecting the right tools for DevOps is a complex venture, and these tools are new and largely strange to most enterprise development shops. However, if you follow the steps outlined here, and bond to the objectives of DevOps as a concept, you should be fine. Consider the changes your enterprise will continuously go through over the next several years and be prepared to constantly evaluate the tooling in terms of what works and what needs to develop. Try creating a lab where you can travel over the benefits of different tools, so you’re always experimenting with how to do DevOps better. The need to always monitor DevOps operations will continue over many years, so it’s critical build into your plans and tool choices today.
If you take these small steps, you’ll already be well on your method to a strong DevOps culture. But what about all those solutions you hear about? As you expand your DevOps attempt, you’ll find that many of them are indispensable. The question is: which ones? Going through these starting steps can give you an understanding of how your team work and gets its work in front of users. Once you know that, you’ll really be able to get the most out of those solutions. So learn more about how your team works, and then dive into all of the amazing solutions out there to help you work better.