Agility is the ability to create and respond to change. It is a way of dealing with, and ultimately succeeding in an uncertain and turbulent marketplace. Business (small or large) requires a structured approach to create business and IT agility by supporting DevSecOps capability. It is essential in a digital world to have a Business and IT environment that supports rapid and continuous integration for the delivery of new products and Services.
The “Agile Manifesto”
Businesspeople and developers working together daily to deliver working software frequently while welcoming change requirements at any stage.
Although there is a different workplace culture and a different style in processes and tools utilization in each company. However, in Agile environment where there is always a priority in humans and collaboration, people are never objectified or dominated by tools and processes.
In Agile environments, anyone cannot just perform solely with devices and skip the interaction element and succeed.
With agile approaches, project teams spend more time on development and less time on documentation, resulting in a more efficient delivery of a working product. All projects require some documentation. On agile projects, however, documents are useful only if they’re barely sufficient to serve the design, delivery, and deployment of a working product in the most direct, unceremonious way. Simplify the administrative paperwork relating to time, cost control, scope control, or reporting.
This value stresses the importance of encouraging your customers and development team to collaborate to chart the best way forward together, rather than to view each other as adversaries.
One of the most prominent themes throughout the entire agile journey is the pursuit of user and customer satisfaction. Investing time to forge a strong relationship between your customers and your team can yield significant benefits, such as an increase in the frequency of customer feedback on your team’s progress or an improved ability to adapt to unexpected developments.
A team following a big up-front planning approach would take the time to plan its entire project, often in excruciating detail, at the project’s outset. Keeping project execution in alignment with the original plan that was defined months, or even years, prior becomes very challenging. Agile methods, on the other hand, favor an adaptive planning approach. In this approach, planning is an ongoing activity throughout the execution of the entire project, occurring in small increments as the reality of project execution unfolds. This approach can take many forms, depending on the specific agile methodology that your team may be following.
How To Start the Journey
- Start small… no big changes upfront, don’t set it up for failure
- Progressive change …. start with handpicked projects, then a functional area and then wider group
- Build a culture of Continuous Integration amongst developers for managing and monitoring dev & test environments
- Target lower environments first and then hardened environments …
- Start automating around existing tooling first… reuse wherever possible
- Use automation as a key enabler to drive process change … automating the tasks so that the change process is simplified automatically.
Digalance follows a consultative approach to understand and evaluate the current status and landscape in terms of People, Process and Technology and formulate the desired “To Be” DevSecOps State and present the future Roadmap with emphasis on Culture, Skills, Efficiency, Productivity, Tools and Techniques.
The ultimate outcome of our approach is removing the barrier between development and deployment of software applications. This empowered collaboration helps in the rapid production of qualitative products and services and also in improving the products and services.
Agile development has a fundamental impact on the roles and responsibilities of Business and IT teams. It’s a way to build collaboration, accountability and transparency across business, software development and IT operations – leading to greater visibility for business teams and, ultimately, more revenue. DevOps role from a business perspective “Tech Debt Matters, Learn from Customers, Software is never done”, from a developer perspective “You build it, you run it, Code for operations, Testing is for everyone”, from a tester perspective “Automation is a must, Test quality not just quantity” and from IT Operation perspective “Apps drive infrastructure, Seamless continues deployment” .
Developing modern applications requires different processes than the approaches of the past. But just changing your development and operations processes isn’t enough. DevOps combines previously assigned tasks and roles of the traditional software development process based on agile working methods, automation, and cross-functional cooperation to create a common basis for value creation. A major outcome of implementing DevOps is a continuous integration and continuous deployment pipeline (CI/CD). These two approaches allow integrating and deploying the code without a delay which improves the frequency and quality of software delivery. It cuts the development time from months or weeks to days or even hours, delivers apps to customers frequently, and validates software quality with minimal human. intervention.
In an Agile development world, your entire company is accountable for delivering new features with increased performance. Instead of just creating code and transferring it over to the operations team and into production, duties are evaluated more equally, teams are jointly measured and rewarded on, accelerated innovation, improved collaboration, increased efficiency, reduced failures, shortened recovery time, enhanced job satisfaction, and improved Customer Experience and Satisfaction. The old performance balanced scorecard is something of the past.
Selecting the right tools for DevOps is a complex undertaking, and these tools are new and largely unfamiliar to most enterprise development shops. DevOps is a journey, and your enterprise will continuously undergo change during this journey so be prepared to constantly evaluate the tooling in terms of what works and what needs to improve. The major categories of tooling that you need to consider are Version control, Build and deploy, Functional and non-functional testing, Code Security, Provisioning, monitoring, and change management.
Many organizations still face significant challenges in the journey to DevOps, and all too often we find that they have forgotten the critical first step of implementing governance into their strategy. There’s no reason not to start using DevOps governance today and you don’t need to bring things to a halt. Governance is as simple as planning and tracking your actions so you track their impact. DevOps is about tools that making those functions easier. A sound governance strategy should cover organizational, financial, and operational requirements. A good example of governance principles from a developer’s perspective is building on every commit, static code analysis on every build, scanning for open source vulnerability, static security scanning, and automated tests.
Contact us for a 1-hour complimentary and open discussion, if you identify with the drivers and messages above, and you are interested in seeing how you can leverage great technologies and deployment techniques to assist with your digital aspirations whilst overcoming the legacy challenges holding you back.
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