How to overcome DevOps roadblocks | WalkingTree Technologies

DevOps roadblocks have a direct correlation to organizational performance i.e reduced lead time, more frequent deployment cycles, lower time to recover, and fewer unsuccessful changes. Improving this will require tools, processes, and culture. Let’s take a look at some of these roadblocks and how you can overcome them.

The outcome is more important than output

IT productivity has only been measured by outputs. The result almost always ends up inflated, with a lot of unused ones. By focusing on outcomes instead of output, companies can measure more meaningful results. In DevOps, lead time and short deployment cycles play a key role in the digital delivery process. The goal is to move to production more frequently and this is possible only by breaking down user stories into smaller pieces.

Build-in quality through automation

The quality assurance process is a part of the development process. It is automated and covers not only functional aspects of the product but also performance, security, and other non-functional aspects.

Failure happens, and that’s okay

DevOps can change the way people think about failure. If a company has a few dozen microservices and moving to production more often, you need to assume that things will fail in production. That’s absolutely fine but plan ahead for it. The traditional development mindset is to analyze, anticipate, and coordinate before production happens. But in this approach, there is no room to break things.

Cross-functional teams, not silos

Organizations that operate in a digital-native way realize that business and technology must share goals and act as a single team and they not miss all the handoffs and friction between silos.

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Originally published at on September 14, 2020.