DevOps, the movement that’s gotten itself intrinsically tied to digital transformation, first got its name over 10 years ago. It’s been giving developers a reason to execute quickly, conduct tests, and rehearse. Over time though, the definitions have gotten a little blurry, making it hard for outsiders to understand the jargon and the idea of DevOps as a whole.
For that reason, we’ve consulted with some experts in DevOps to help us understand more about what DevOps really means. In the shortest, most concise way, we’ll be explaining what this movement means to these experts.
The Culture of DevOps
Like we mentioned before, DevOps is a movement in IT and software development. As such, it is seen as a movement wherein all parties involved agree that the software has no real value, at least until it is used by the end-user. Because of this mindset, teams are developing software more quickly and with better quality.
DevOps and Empowerment
While most agree that the previous point is the main point, other experts would argue that the most important aspect of DevOps is how it empowers the developers behind much of our software. It empowers developers to be involved in each step of development. In this way, teams are driven towards a more developer-managed team structure.
DevOps’ Collaborative Nature
Others, meanwhile, would like to point out the collaborative nature of DevOps. It is an approach to building and delivering software in a way that promotes, and sometimes necessitates, a collaborative approach.
DevOps as a Recipe
Some experts see DevOps as a combination of three main things; people, process, and automation. In this sense, it is much like a recipe, necessitating the need for the perfect balance of these three components. All this is done to increase the “flow and value” to the customer.
The Assembly Line of DevOps
Some experts like explaining DevOps in a way where it resembles an assembly line in a manufacturing enterprise. This is based on the idea that all the “parts” of the software should be assembled in a way that allows all of these pieces to be placed together seamlessly.
For these assembly lines to work properly, the components must work together in this way. As with a car, the engine builders build engines with the chassis in mind, making sure that the constraints of the other teams are respected in their work. Similarly, in software engineering developers who design the user interface must keep in mind the constraints of those who deal with the store’s databases and the like.
DevOps Crews Are Basically Pit Crews
Have you ever seen a NASCAR or F1 race? Much like those races, the crews of DevOps teams function like the pit crews for race cars, doing the best they can and achieving the best they can with what resources they are offered. You can see this in how these teams don’t focus on just the start and finish; all the nuances in-between are studied and analyzed to ensure that they’ve made the most out of what they have.
With what we know now, we can see how DevOps has been able to push software developers and IT professionals alike, giving them a better understanding and perspective of their role in their tasks. The best part is how efficiency and quality are both given priority, allowing these teams to shine. Bottom line? DevOps empowers and encourages IT and software professionals to perform at their best.
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