FAQ DevOps

  • What is DevOps?

    DevOps is a mindset, a culture and a set of technical practices. It provides communication, integration, automation, and close cooperation among all the people needed to plan, develop, test, deploy, release and maintain a product.

    As part of this, both cultural transformation and a change in mindset are of central significance. It’s no longer about “them”, but about “us”. Teamwork is the foundation of DevOps. Mutual trust, empowerment, responsibility, continuous improvement, data-based decision-making and customer empathy are the DevOps values.

    The entire life cycle of the software, from the idea to operation

    For Zühlke DevOps is: Bringing all the people, processes and technology together to continuously deliver value to our customers!

    DevOps Cycle

    What is the goal of DevOps?

    • Support a faster time to market
    • Experimentation
    • Small frequent software release
    • Shorten the lead time for fixes
    • Improve the meantime for recovery.

    Who is DevOps?

    Everyone contributing to the value stream – the DevOps practice is not operating as a silo but rather as an enabler for collaboration with many disciplines.

    DevOps Stakeholders

    Why is DevOps important?

    Thanks to DevOps, companies can increase feedback cycles and throughput speed. As a result, they can react more quickly and impress their customers with constant innovation. With DevOps a company can optimise and automate processes, from the idea over development to production. This increases efficiency, which in turn lowers costs.

  • What are the greatest challenges in terms of DevOps?

    Working on a business-critical application is essentially open-heart surgery: It demands exceptional methodology and technical skills. Seamless migration of data, archives, and ongoing business must be guaranteed at all times. Most companies wait too long to start the modernisation process, resulting in additional time pressure and poor underlying conditions. This situation is compounded by the fact that the company is often lacking sufficient knowledge of the outdated application and the supporting processes like a continuous delivery pipeline within the organisation. DevOps transformations are, therefore, change projects that go beyond simple technical modernisation and do also involve organisational changes and updated processes. For this reason, support from management is critical for DevOps transformations.

  • What is the ideal approach to DevOps transformation?

    At first glance, a DevOps transformation seems to be a major undertaking for any company. But with the right approach, you can keep the process lean and agile. It’s important to start small. When getting started, it’s best to tackle small to medium-sized projects or products. These offer the advantage that changes require much less time and energy because decisions have less impact and involve fewer people. And you will encounter less resistance, as the teams and decision-makers will not feel overwhelmed or paralysed. This will increase self-confidence and create strong momentum.

    What makes a DevOps transformation successful?

    Putting together a winning DevOps team

    Getting the right people on board is a must. And the golden rule here is – generalists before specialists. It’s also important that your team includes innovators, early adopters and people who are respected throughout the company. This ensures that you have sufficient credibility and influence.

    The brand-new DevOps team needs to be freed up from any other work so that they can focus completely on the project. If possible, all team members should work in the same location and be exempted from corporate rules and guidelines wherever possible. This new team will then transform the first project or product thanks to DevOps.

    Value flow

    The first step is to optimise the value flow from development, to operations, right through to the customer. The goal is to have features flowing through to the customer as quickly as possible, as it is only there where value is generated. To achieve this, you need to make the work visible, reduce batch volumes and work intervals, and thereby increase quality.

    First step of your DevOps transformation: Optimisation of the workflow from development, to operations, right through to the customer.

    Feedback

    The second step is to introduce a flow of feedback. This ensures that feedback from customers, as well as any production problems, flows through to the business and back into development. And this means that you can discover problems more quickly and resolve them efficiently. You can use focused measurement and usage analysis to show the business which features are used, and how often. This helps the business decide whether a given feature should be expanded or not.

    Second step: The introduction of a flow of feedback is part of the DevOps transformation

    This is what the DevOps culture looks like

    The third step is to create a culture of trust, which will support experimentation and risk-taking. It will also put the team on a steeper learning curve, enabling it to adjust to market demand faster than the competition.

    Last step: Selecting and transforming the next product

    Critical mass

    As soon as the requested improvements are incorporated into the first product, you should be selecting and transforming the next project or product. This enables you to reach a critical mass, which makes it easier to undertake further transformations with DevOps and build alliances. Repeat this procedure until all desired projects and products are transformed.

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Regina Dietiker

Head of DevOps

Regina Dietiker ist Partnerin bei Zühlke und verantwortlich für die DevOps Practice bei Zühlke Schweiz. Sowohl erfolgreiche Kundenprodukte zu erstellen und zu betreuen als auch die Modernisierung von Anwendungen sind ihre Leidenschaft. 

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