A Culture-Driven Approach to DevOps Transformation
via DevOps.com by Tj Randall
One of the most challenging aspects of a DevOps transformation isn’t automating and overhauling technology. The biggest challenge of DevOps is changing an organization’s culture and purpose. You can’t “buy a DevOps.” DevOps demands the involvement of people, process, and tools working together.
Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many companies get carried away with the latest shiny object and neglect the people aspect. So, the end results they were expecting do not come to fruition. Research from Google Cloud and Harvard Business Review supports the importance of a people-first DevOps strategy. This research confirms DevOps transformation projects are worthless without addressing the people aspect.
Of course, such large-scale transitions are difficult. People have to put their reputations on the line to sell the transformation. Employees may become stressed or resist the cultural changes that come with a DevOps transformation. Therefore, communication throughout the entire transformation must be your primary goal. Communication includes measuring the effectiveness of the transformation vision and goals and sharing that information with your team. Keeping them informed ensures they understand the critical role they play in this vision, as well as the value of their work. These measurements need to also show how participation in change translates to value for the business.
Here are some best practices for prioritizing people and process when working through your DevOps transformation.