The ultimate goal of DevOps (Development and Operations) is to improve the relationships between all members of a company’s IT operations and software development divisions.(1) By taking advantage of readily understood policies and the latest technology, it is believed that project-hampering issues may be eliminated before they can rear their metaphorical heads. Learn more about what DevOps truly is, and how it compares to other communication-management systems like Agile.
Agile and DevOps
Agile can be best considered the more limited and older sibling to DevOps. It focuses exclusively on processes like Scrum and Kanban. While it is possible to use both at the same time, it can lead to confusion and lowered productivity if not managed properly (i.e. Agile team destroying processes DevOps teams are building.)(2)
However, if your team is currently using Agile it is possible to convert to DevOps with relative ease. Many of the same processes that went into the Agile adoption phase may be used for the DevOps switch. This will take away a great deal of the uncertainty that comes with completely changing how your team operates.
BizDevOps – DevOps for Experienced Hands
DevOps is ultimately an open-ended tool and process that is meant to align developer and management interests in a way that promotes honest discourse and greater productivity. As companies throughout the world adopt this system, niche issues have cropped up. That is where BizDevOps comes into play.
Specifically, in larger organizations, there are typically entrenched barriers minimizing productive communication between the management and development teams.(3) It focuses exclusively on solving these issues through the use of new hires, transfers, and improved real-time feedback concerning all relevant parties.
There is nothing stopping you from integrating these ideas into your own DevOps process, regardless if you are looking to improve your own department or seeking to join a new company. Open communication is essential for a modern development environment, which DevOps was developed from the ground up to enable.
SRE – A Potential Alternative to DevOps?
The beauty of the software development world is that if there is a different way of handling a task, someone will develop it. SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) was developed by Google as its in-house software development process.(4) It was developed by developers, for developers, and addresses many of the issues that occur when handling the dichotomy of developing new features without breaking existing functionality.
Compared with DevOps, which focuses on communication, SRE strives for complete integration of the entire development and operations teams. The best people for each situation is given the task, with the goal being to eliminate the problem as quickly as possible without creating undue stress due to miscommunications with management.
SRE, when implemented, is focused on fully automating IT infrastructure while DevOps serves as a communication tool within the independent teams.(5) Thus, it is very well possible to include both processes in a single work environment and is considered to be an excellent skill for a developer or operations expert to cultivate while seeking a new position.
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