It is therefore clear that the cultural aspect of DevOps should be given a high priority in an organization that wants to use the DevOps way of working sustainably and successfully.
Since experience shows that in many organizations DevOps starts as bottom-up initiatives within individual teams or areas, situations can arise in which the DevOps culture is only established locally within these areas or teams. This circumstance should be exploited by collecting the positive experiences and also lessons learned of these teams or areas in a structured manner and ideally already using them as a template for other areas of the organization.
A critical success factor here is that acceptance and promotion of the cultural aspects of DevOps are also exemplified and credibly communicated top-down instead of fighting slightly changed procedures. Often, the autonomous teams each develop a slightly different approach to the new challenges presented to them. Here it is very helpful to review the effectiveness of DevOps principles some time after they have been established and to start adjusting details after the major changeover.
Finally, it is clear that DevOps should not be equated with chaos in software development. On the contrary, successful agile collaboration often requires significantly more processes and methodological underpinnings than a classic hierarchical structure. Ultimately, all operational processes, right through to classic ITSM processes such as incident and problem management, must be rethought and lived - including any audit security. In addition, the transformation of the culture with regard to DevOps also has a strong impact on the methodologies of how software is developed and operated. We want to go into these methodological aspects of DevOps in our next article.
If you enjoyed the article, we as Eraneos Group would be very happy to discuss your initiatives, success stories but also challenges related to the establishment and use of DevOps in your organization in more depth. We would be happy to support you with our experience and expertise in the field of DevOps and agile transformation.