As your company progresses through its DevOps journey, it is important to understand what best practices are followed by successful teams. According to Splunk and Puppet that surveyed over 3,000 participants, there are a few core DevOps practices that are crucial for success. Read the following whitepaper to discover what separates successful DevOps teams from ones that fail, and learn about the necessary steps that will be required for your DevOps journey. Andi Mann, the chief technology advocate at Splunk as well as the co-author of the 2018 State of DevOps Report, wrote the whitepaper to help organizations prioritize and get started.
The 5 Foundational Practices
Starting small and building your practice now will help companies become one of the highly evolved organizations that are often cited as examples at conferences. Adhering to industry best practices has a strong correlation with DevOps success. Hence, they are essential at each stage of DevOps development. This basically means that the practices that must be adopted at any stage to progress to the next stage are important, even for organizations that have evolved the furthest on their DevOps journey and have already shown success.
The five foundational practices are given below:
- Configuring monitoring and alerting by operating teams
- Reusing deployment patterns for building applications and services
- Using a configuration management tool to manage
- Reusing testing patterns for building applications and services
- Contributing improvements to the tooling of other teams
Implement the Foundational Practices in Your Organization
Every organization starts from a unique place. This includes legacy technologies, specific business missions and a particular culture. Hence, there is no single route to a DevOps transformation. There are several possible evolutionary paths.
Generally, research suggests that organizations should start out with baselines that lay the groundwork for future development and growth, while also delivering immediate value. Deciding which practice to start with depends on where the organization is at the outset and its most urgent requirements. It is important to note that each one of the foundational practices has been adopted early on by organizations that are highly evolved.
One of the three important factors to consider include remembering that every organization is different. It is crucial to identify existing conditions and select an approach that will show an early positive impact where it is needed the most. Organizations also need to establish and share baseline measurements for their customers, systems and business metrics. This will help them understand what needs to improve and the impact of their work on the end-to-end system. Companies also mustn't hesitate to share work processes and practices in order to move forward as a team in developing areas such as automation.
Key Takeaways from "The 5 Foundational DevOps Practices: How to Establish & Build on Them"
- What are the key practices required to become a mature DevOps organization
- Why collaboration is of utmost importance to a team’s success
- The necessity of real-time monitoring and observability
- How to track key metrics
Download the whitepaper to learn about learning and implementing the five best practices of foundational DevOps for your organization.