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Common mistakes of DevOps

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

It is evident from the increasing number of organizations adopting DevOps, job posts for DevOps managers, seminars, online resources and social media discussions that the tech world is super enthused about this new methodology. DevOps has become a movement that everyone in the tech community is talking about.

DevOps, simply put, is a practice of integrating software development and IT operations. It is a methodology based on collaboration culture to deliver software applications faster.

When implemented well, DevOps leads to great business results. However, reaching those results requires a major transition in business processes. DevOps' adaptation is an arduous task. It needs more than detailed planning. Many organizations grapple with DevOps adaptation due to some basic mistakes.

Some of them are listed below:

Choosing Too Many Tools

Automation is crucial in DevOps. There are too many automation tools already available in the market. This leads to one of the most basic mistakes in adopting DevOps - the problem of plenty - the problem of having too many tools in implementing the process.

Selecting tools should not be the first thing to start with DevOps. Each team in an organization would have its own set of recommendations for DevOps tools. This may cause a difference of opinion at the very beginning of the process.

DevOps tools are necessary for agile software development, integration, testing, and deployment. Therefore, they need to be selected carefully based on their usability, scalability and future prospects.

There is no point buying every tool that is famous or easily available unless they support the existing organizational infrastructure. Organizations need to make a choice of tools based on individual requirements.

Getting Entirely New Team

DevOps is all about efficient collaboration between teams and shared responsibility. It is easier to achieve so within existing teams.

One of the most common mistakes that organizations make in adopting DevOps is to create an entirely new team or a DevOps department. It is already a huge challenge to bring collaboration culture to the existing teams. Setting up an entirely new team makes it even more complicated. It is essential to have a DevOps team but having existing team members from development and operations makes it easier to foster collaboration and communication culture.

Speed vs Quality Dilemma

It is challenging to have a balanced approach to the speed of software delivery and ensuring high quality. Many a times organizations get very busy with setting up CI/CD process to deliver software as early as possible that they overlook quality and security aspects. That is a huge mistake. Security in the technology world is paramount. What is the benefit of delivering software that runs the risk of not functioning and security?

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