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Lots of organizations claim to focus on DevOps because they use specific tools and loosely follow certain practices. But in order to truly be a DevOps-centric enterprise, there are specific DevOps principles and processes that ensure that your organization is as optimized and automated as possible. To make sure you don’t just use DevOps without following the basic principles as an organization, here are six signs that you’re already doing it right.
Publishing is fully automated
Fully automated deployment from start to finish is one of the most obvious signs that you’re following the DevOps principles correctly. Auto-publishing is a huge time saver, especially when things go wrong and you need to downgrade quickly. Manual deployments can lead to problems that are often caused by human error. A strong focus on process automation is a core belief that DevOps-focused organizations must hold firmly. Automation increases organization efficiency and reduces errors.
You have frequent and fast firing cycles
Once the software is ready to go, it must be deployed and delivered to clients. We live in a world where competitors are building better software every day. It is in the enterprise’s best interest to continually publish new features and bug fixes to stay ahead of the competition. DevOps is all about continuous delivery, so having developers quickly produce and release new code into production is a core DevOps feature.
You are using the right tools and systems
The tools you use to deploy features and fixes should make it easy to build apps and test them first hand. You should generally be able to build, test, and deploy to production without hiccups along the way. If you spend a lot of time fixing any issues that occur, you may not have the right tools or processes. Fortunately, today there are extensive continuous integration software options that can adapt to any existing infrastructure. Although tools are an essential part of DevOps, it is important to remember that while tools make DevOps possible, it is practices that really make changes happen.
You have an ongoing feedback loop
Nothing is perfect on its first iteration, and mistakes are bound to happen along the way. You must have a continuous feedback loop system to discover when and where things go wrong. Having software tools that monitor processes and quickly notify you when errors occur will make fixing pop-up issues easier and faster.
If you have a system set up to identify, fix, and improve problems, you’re doing DevOps right. If you run into problems and simply fix them without taking the time to analyze why they occur or how to prevent them from reappearing, you may want to consider making some changes.
Operations and development groups work together
Communication between the development, testing, and IT groups is vital to the success of DevOps. Collaboration between these different groups ensures that the pipeline will run smoothly. Fixing any issues that occur will be faster when developers and IT operations staff can easily coordinate with each other.
Objectives and goals are clearly defined
While communication between different teams is essential, having clearly defined goals and objectives that everyone strives to achieve is just as important. Ultimately, all teams have the same goal: to make the organization more efficient; However, the individual practices they follow to achieve this may vary. Team members should be aware of the exact requirements that must be met to achieve a goal, rather than making assumptions or leaving them to chance.