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    How To Help Your Project Teams Work Better Together?

    The era of monolithic IT projects where changes were applied occasionally after release is history.

    It doesn’t matter if we are talking about projects in the cloud or on-premises. The goal is clear. It is to manage a solution efficiently and shorten the time spent on management, change implementation and deployment.

    That is why more and more companies are introducing DevOps as one of the crucial parts on the path to success. It allows business and IT teams to work together more effectively, using shared tools, terminology, and ways of working.

    Key points:

    • What is DevOps?
    • What are the four DevOps principles?
    • How does it benefit organizations?


    This article has been published on July 29, 2019. It has since been updated for better readability.


    This is the first article in my DevOps series. In these posts, I would like to explain what this practice is and what are the benefits related to its adoption.

    What is DevOps?

    You can find many different definitions of the term “DevOps”. However, a lot of them are misconceptions and anti-patterns. You may have come across some myths like:

    • DevOps is a special team
    • It only involves dev teams and admins
    • DevOps is crucial for start-ups only.

    It is highly important to clarify that none of these are its proper definitions.

    DevOps is a combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools. It increases the ability to deliver IT solutions and services fast and efficiently. Thinking about it in the context of a specific tool or team is wrong.

    DevOps is also often described as a set of practices to follow to reach the planned result in the shortest time possible.

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    What are the key DevOps principles?

    There are four principles of effective DevOps. They include:

    • Collaboration  the process of building towards a specific outcome through supporting interactions, and input of multiple people
    • Affinity  teams and departments within the business need to have strong relationships
    • Tools  an accelerator to drive change based on the company’s culture and direction
    • Scaling  the ability to adopt other DevOps elements as the organization grows.

    In terms of project management, there are multiple steps to this process, which are illustrated below. In essence, DevOps is iterative. It allows you to look at your project in terms of continuous cycles of improvement.

    DevOps diagram

    A diagram showing the DevOps process

    How can the practice benefit organizations?

    DevOps mitigates the risk of slow reaction to market changes in an environment of uncertainty, complexity, and rapid change. Adoption of this practice allows the business to quickly use its technical capabilities, to create and deploy solutions to support it, to act based on the data it has, and to adapt to changing market conditions.

    It speeds up a company’s technical capabilities by affecting a number of metrics. It can result in:

    • shorter time to market (improved deployment/release frequency)
    • lower failure rate
    • shorter lead time between fixes
    • shorter mean time to recovery.

    Companies around the world already invested in this practice and benefit from it, based on the worldwide 2018 State of DevOps Report prepared by the leading experts in this area.

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    Why should businesses adopt DevOps?

    The report mentions a number of measurable benefits of adoption. For instance, businesses taking advantage of the practice are:

    • 44 times more likely to use repeatable testing patterns – which saves time
    • 44 times more likely to improve their tooling – which increases quality and efficiency
    • 27 times more likely to use configuration management tools for standardizing deployments – which improves quality
    • 24 times more likely to make monitoring and alerting configurable by teams – which helps build stable and predictable software releases.

    I mentioned that DevOps is not only a purely technical process. When it is adopted across the entire company in the business project lifecycle, there are a lot of other benefits:

    • standardized deployment tools and patterns
    • stable and reliable deployments
    • a common way of communicating and prioritizing business requirements
    • improved collaboration between teams.

    I encourage you to look at the five stages of DevOps evolution presented in the 2018 State of DevOps Report. 

    The evolution of DevOps

    The stages of DevOps implementation (source)

    Each stage presented above is defined by two key practices (with one exception of the initial stage). There are also a number of additional factors which help put the principles of DevOps into practice.

    DevOps principles: a 5-stage process

    A 5-stage process of bringing DevOps principles to life (source)

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    Summary

    DevOps is not just one tool or team. It is not one practice or process. It consists of various tools and ways of working which make delivering IT solutions easier and quicker.

    Check out the next article, where I present a tool called Azure DevOps which can be a central hub for managing best practices.

    And while you’re here, check out our webinar recording where my co-host Tomasz (CTO of Predica) and I explain why proper governance processes and DevOps are key for succeeding in the cloud!

    Key takeaways:

    1. DevOps is not just a technical process. It is a blend of cultural philosophies, practices and tools that increases a company’s ability to deliver IT solutions and services fast and efficiently.
    2. It reduces the risk of slow reaction to rapid or complex market changes.
    3. There are four principles of effective DevOps: collaboration, affinity, tools, and scaling.

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