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How to make sure DevOps can scale and reach its full potential

Extending an agile collaborative and iterative working environment to all of the teams that interact with the effort of creating and deploying code.

At its core, DevOps is about extending an agile collaborative and iterative working environment to all of the teams that interact with the effort of creating and deploying code — operations, security, testing, infrastructure management and business units.

And the results are pretty impressive. The State of DevOps Report from Puppet found that high-performing organizations using the approach deploy new code 46 times more frequently than low-performing peers, and changes to applications are far less likely to fail. There are obvious reasons that DevOps is becoming popular in all kinds of organizations and companies. The old way of deploying code is just not good enough in today’s rapidly changing markets.

I was recently interviewed about this by Project Management Institute. From my point of view, DevOps is much more than engineering practices and tools. Re-organizing for the right team composition is crucial to succeed with DevOps, developers and IT operations really need to be part of a more fluid and organic organisation working together over previous boundaries where developers were on one side of the fence and IT operations on the other. Simply speaking — there are organisational silos to break.

A key success factor for DevOps teams are a very high level of adaptability. There is no end of the challenges these teams have to deal with and if not organized for it the work environment will be fragmented and stressful. Highly autonomous teams of no more than 9 people given the right goals is the most powerful way to organise in my opinion. By aligning multiple autonomous teams with the right DevOps team adding mission, leadership, and tools, this organization can scale to the biggest of challenges.

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