A new term, ‘DevOps' has been developed from the collision of two major departments. The first is called system development and the second is system operations.

DevOps collaborates with the development and operation department’s staff throughout all stages of the development lifecycle. Also, it implements lean and agile approaches in the development and operation processes. DevOps leads to continuous delivery of software products.

The process of collaborating the two teams can be an extensive, tedious, and continuous task. It can be difficult to understand exactly how to start when implementing your DevOps initiative. But when implemented properly, DevOps can transform your software engineering process, and create value for both employees and customers. Thus, it will help in producing better business performance and value.

The following are the 7 initiatives to implement DevOps:

1.   Recognize your business requirements

Several enterprises face a common problem while embarking on the DevOps journey - where to start!! So, the first step should be defining the goals and requirements of your organization. This can be done by doing a thorough inspection of your company’s needs, and consulting with stakeholders at all levels. Having a common definition will ensure that those participating will focus on the project with a unified vision. Once the main goals of implementing DevOps are defined and agreed, you can formalize concrete tasks and milestones.

2.   Pick the team

People are the main ingredient in a successful DevOps initiative. Having the right staff on the DevOps team will make or break the initiative. But, there is no given set of guidelines to decide how the team should look. In my experience, you should hire people who understand the DevOps initiative and are ready to work in team. Another option is to merge the dev and ops teams into one big team. This will help in giving developers and operations staff an insight into the other side of the fence.

3.   Pick an app

Choose an application to focus on. It is easier to define clear-cut, short-term goals from an application level than from an enterprise level. It is important to choose an app that is important for business; as it will help keep momentum and make sure that enough focus is given, particularly from senior stakeholders.

4.   Pick a methodology

If you already have an established SDLC in use, then you must start with a detailed assessment of the SDLC. This will enable you to streamline all the tasks and processes. Depending on the business requirements, moving to an agile methodology might be suitable as well. Agile is suitable to DevOps as it relies on continuous integration and testing, which can only be achieved through well-designed automation.

5.   Change the metrics

In a DevOps initiative, the metrics for success must be aligned to the end goal. Focus should be given on mean time to repair (MTTR) or mean time between failures (MTBF), and promoting reactive fixes. Also, the metrics should promote improving agility and business value.

6.    Automate as much as possible

Decide how much automation is needed. Enterprises should have a clear visibility of the goals and then narrow to the scope regarding which automation to start with.

7.   Consider a tool chain

Most DevOps initiatives are focused on leveraging automation. But, you must understand that the overall goal of a true DevOps implementation includes a tool chain. Tool chains work to deliver integrated IT process management. This concept is a plug-and-play approach to evaluate and select tools, so that each tool can be loosely coupled to its adjacent tool in the application life cycle. It ensures that all of the automation touch points are linked. Linking will help in speeding up the movement of releases through the tool chain while reducing errors and rework.

DevOps is revolutionizing the way organizations approach software development. Thus, using these initiatives you can implement DevOps successfully in your organization.