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Signs That DevOps May Be Ready To Surge

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Is your company succeeding at DevOps? And has it been able to create a true DevOps culture?

While most organizations have been working hard to build up their DevOps chops, many continue to be frustrated by lack of progress. The bad news is the pandemic put pressure on their ability to inspire collaboration across their operations. The good news? Organizations are, for one, starting to gain traction with a new approach to making DevOps work more systematically, at a larger scale. Many are also reopening their workplaces this fall — which will create more opportunity to conduct real ad-hoc collaboration.

Creating a DevOps culture should be a primary goal for any company. As I wrote earlier this year, doing so changes the way an organization operates — far beyond the way it develops software. DevOps cultures make organizations more inclusive, more patient, more collaborative and more successful.

But, while it’s a novel goal, changing a culture is challenging to pull off. It requires management to empower workers — starting with developers and IT — to give them more of a voice in problem-solving and corporate direction.

While many organizations are pursuing DevOps plans, they are also challenged by integrations. In Puppet’s 2021 State of DevOps Report, 62% of organizations say they’re stuck in mid-evolution on their DevOps journeys despite high levels of automation. In a DevOps Institute report, more than 50% of organizations described their DevOps transformation journeys as “very difficult.”

One way organizations are addressing DevOps frustrations is by instituting a process called platform ops — which helps drive organizational culture shifts. While it may sound like the addition of just another layer to complicate straightforward software delivery tactics, it’s not. It actually provides some structure for DevOps processes, giving stakeholders a centralized stack of resources so they can work in a self-service manner.

Platform ops isn’t a return to centralized IT; that would just encourage more shadow IT and less collaboration. Making the concept work requires that organizations balance rules with the freedom to innovate.

While development teams still need the flexibility to do their work, platform ops teams need to be opinionated enough to ensure things don’t get out of control. Developers need to control things that are part of their workflows — like continuous integration systems, source control platforms and how to control integration tests. Platform ops, on the other hand, should control things where there is less room for flexibility — like infrastructure automation, access control and secret management. This is the future of DevOps itself — freedom to innovate and collaborate, with a dose of discipline. As organizations weave platform ops elements into their processes, DevOps will work more productively.

Another factor that should improve organizations’ overall DevOps cultures is a return to on-site work. While it’s clear that hybrid workplaces will be part of our futures, organizations will benefit from more regular interactions involving people working under the same roof. Covid-19 has been a catalyst for productivity and for the development of new, creative ways to communicate. Scheduling virtual collaborations has enabled us to get work done during a crisis. But there’s been an element missing — the randomness of ad hoc information sharing, where people bat ideas back and forth outside of official meetings.

A widespread return to work — in a safe manner and when it makes sense — will promote the kind of free-flowing collaboration that DevOps models depend on to succeed. People will be excited to be back working with colleagues, so expect a big pop in creativity and a corresponding rise in productivity.

Organizations should feed on the energy that gets injected by this fall’s return to work. Take advantage of the excitement. Launch more projects. Encourage efforts to innovate — to develop new products, improve others, change processes and try new things.

DevOps is all about working better together. It isn’t a task to finish so you can move on to the next task; it’s an ongoing journey that requires both patience and active engagement. Applying the right amounts of discipline and encouragement will help them succeed.

This article originally appeared on forbes.com, to read the full article, click here.

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