Progress comes with challenges at first but pays off when you stick with it! Here’s a look at a few of the challenges that companies might see when trying to implement DevOps into their organization.
Lack of a project vision!
Companies need to aim to build a collaborative culture. Make sure you involve all of the teams required – executive, development and operations. You need to get leadership buy-in and executive sponsorship because these leaders need to create a positive air in the workplace. Employees who are pro-DevOps should try and convince their co-workers of the benefits of this culture. Teams need to understand the business value of the solution. Promote team work!
DevOps is aimed at bringing together all the silos and divisions within the company to work together towards shared objectives. Breaking of silos and integrating teams is the basic issue that any company needs to overcome to implement DevOps practices. However, this is not as easy as it sounds. Sometimes the entire staff needs to be restructured to make these changes.
Not enough education!
When you are implementing DevOps, the flashy new tools on the market can seem like they solve every problem under the sun. However, with the introduction of new tools, you also need to train the teams on both DevOps and how to use the tools. Without proper education you can end up with a lack of knowledge sharing or overlapping of tool functionality. Make sure that you understand your team’s skill level and provide them with the education they will need to use the tools and implement DevOps successfully.
No DevOps plan
Failure to communicate or involving too large a team without coordination! Companies need to create a clear plan that includes milestones, project owners, and well-defined deliverables. Kanban boards visualize the flow, making it easier for product owners, developers, operations, and testers to see where tasks are and the volumetrics of tasks at each step in the process. Everyone should know the key dates and those should be easily visible. Publish what each team members knows and needs to know as part of the team.
Resistance to change
Finally, the move to DevOps can seem scary to many team members and key participants.
Many workers in the company might be unwilling to part with the legacy systems. They become used to their way of working and are reluctant to leave their comfort zones. Many employees may prefer working in silos and may not want to integrate with other teams. What everyone need to realize is that they are the driving force behind any DevOps approach.
Refusing to grow and adapt to the changing times will slow down the progress rate. It is better to bear the discomfort of change rather than falling behind!
Celebrate small and large successes!
Change is hard at the beginning, chaotic in the middle, but is celebrated in the end. It will pay off in the long run!
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