Nine Best Practices for DevOps Teams

Nine Best Practices for DevOps Teams

Never Do Anything TwiceNever Do Anything Twice

If any task has to be repeated manually, immediately see if it can be automated.

Standardize ProcessesStandardize Processes

Standardization ensures that tasks will be executed at their best every time, without deviations from peer-reviewed code that augment processes for the whole team.

Allow Room for ExperimentationAllow Room for Experimentation

Standardization shouldn’t constrain team members from being creative and taking calculated risks—as long as they’re solving real problems as opposed to pursuing personal agendas.

Build a Culture of OverlapBuild a Culture of Overlap

Meaning the software development folks should also get involved with product support so they know what it’s like to do their job.

Establish TransparencyEstablish Transparency

When everyone knows what everyone else is doing, it fosters open communication and collaboration, which can improve overall outcomes.

Hire Business-Minded IndividualsHire Business-Minded Individuals

You need DevOps team members who understand business needs and efficiencies, as opposed to simply how software works.

Embrace Cross-TrainingEmbrace Cross-Training

Teams should train together throughout various departments, so they fully understand how technology serves key organizational functions.

Resist QuotasResist Quotas

Team members shouldn’t be evaluated based upon how much code they write. Their performance should be tracked according to their accomplishments toward the company’s mission.

Promote the Golden RulesPromote the Golden Rules

These would include being treating others the way you would like to be treated, being humble and fair, and maintaining integrity. Model these qualities for your DevOps teams to emulate.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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