Solutions to Challenges When Managing a DevOps Project

DevOps (Development and Operations) is an increasingly popular method of developing software systems as well as other leading-edge projects. The core of DevOps involves an intense focus on team collaboration, the elimination of silos (lack of synergy between departments), and meeting or exceeding the goal of providing the best quality product possible.

As more companies employ the principles of DevOps, managers are discovering certain issues that may prevent the successful implementation of a DevOps project. Currently, there are four challenges to DevOps that managers have encountered in 2021 and will likely continue encountering in 2022. Fortunately, these challenges can be resolved immediately by taking aggressive steps to eliminate issues without causing delays in a DevOps project.

1. Flaws in the Organization’s Culture

Principles of DevOps methodology converge on releasing a superior product quickly and efficiently. Cultural flaws that can suppress a company’s ability to succeed include unwarranted competition among departments, failure of leadership to control employees who are not team players, and pervasive insularity.

Managers must make sure all project members are committed to sharing a common goal of identifying and using appropriate DevOps tools. Before taking on a DevOps project, managers sometimes need to perform a sweeping revamp of their company’s culture, depending on how deep-rooted flaws may be.

2. Understanding the Cost-Effectiveness of DevOps

Presenting the outline of a DevOps project for approval from higher-ups should have plenty of information about how DevOps bolsters revenue. The purpose of DevOps methodology involves supporting faster release cycles without compromising on quality. The initial expense of starting a DevOps project typically requires investments in one or more advanced technologies, migrating data from old to new systems, and training team members. However, revenue and reputation benefits will inevitably materialize upon completion of a rigorously sustained DevOps project.

3. Lack of Automation for Deploying Products

Three keystones of DevOps methodology emphasize the building, testing, and deployment processes involved in creating a product. Without optimizing the continuous delivery and integration of DevOps principles through automation, managers won’t see the desired return on investment numbers. DevOps managers who quickly utilize new features with as many automated processes as possible will maximize the benefits of DevOps.

4. Eliminate the Top-Down Approach

Most organizational changes or process protocols are controlled by upper management entities. This type of top-down approach involving employees receiving instructions from supervisors is the exact opposite of the approach taken by DevOps. With DevOps, the introduction and implementation of changes come from the collaboration of team members. It is, after all, the developers who know first-hand what is needed to optimize the production and deployment of a new product. DevOps managers must ensure their company understands the importance of reversing the standard top-down approach when approaching supervisors with a DevOps project.

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