Putting DevOps to Work in the Enterprise: 10 Tips for Success

1 - Putting DevOps to Work in the Enterprise: 10 Tips for Success
2 - Identify the Business Needs
3 - Identify Areas Where Company Culture Needs to Evolve
4 - Decide How You Will Measure the Success of a DevOps Initiative
5 - Give Management a Copy of 'The Phoenix Project'
6 - Start Small
7 - Plan for Scale
8 - Leverage the Cloud
9 - Work With Your Existing Tools
10 - Continuous Improvement
11 - Don't Create New Silos
12 - Enjoy More Sleep
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Putting DevOps to Work in the Enterprise: 10 Tips for Success

by Chris Preimesberger

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Identify the Business Needs

To be successful, your DevOps initiative needs to be aligned with your enterprise's business needs. Make sure you can articulate how DevOps will make a difference to the business.

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Identify Areas Where Company Culture Needs to Evolve

A successful DevOps initiative depends largely on company culture. Tools are an enabler, but tools alone do not make DevOps. Change is hard.

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Decide How You Will Measure the Success of a DevOps Initiative

What does success look like? Is it more frequent releases? Higher-quality releases? Fewer failed deployments? Decide what the goals are and how you will measure them.

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Give Management a Copy of 'The Phoenix Project'

No other source of DevOps information articulates the business value of DevOps better than this book. Read this book and draw up your objectives and how you will measure them, and the buy-in from everybody will be easier.

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Start Small

A big-bang approach to cultural and tool changes doesn't work. Build a "coalition of the willing" and demonstrate success.

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Plan for Scale

Even though you start small, you want to ensure that you have visibility across multiple groups and projects. The more complex the system, the more important visibility is.

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Leverage the Cloud

Make it easy for staff to test in production-like environments. Use self-service provisioning in Dev, so that Dev can test during the development process using these production-like environments.

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Work With Your Existing Tools

Don't rip and replace. Augment your existing tools with other solutions to provide control and visibility through your path to production.

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Continuous Improvement

Keep improving, then frequently review what is working and what isn't. The DevOps space is evolving rapidly; make sure you do, too.

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Don't Create New Silos

Don't create a DevOps team that is isolated from other groups; the object is to rid the companies of silos of any kind.

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Enjoy More Sleep

Enjoy the benefits of collaboration and automation: less firefighting, fewer sleepless nights.

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