In modern-day dynamic environments, nothing can afford to remain stagnant. Primordial attachments are strikingly against the rules of survival, and Digital Transformation follows the same principle. Transformation serves as the key to success of any company operating in today’s business landscape, wherein, Agile and DevOps are the essential components for a successful journey. Employing Agile and DevOps practices help companies enhance their deployment speed, overall efficiency, and customer experience.
The business world has become increasingly competitive; therefore, companies are seeking to adapt to the contentious marketplace. Leaders are aiming to be aggressive about driving adoption of Agile and DevOps within their organizations.
The aforementioned is in theory; however, the practical situation is varied. While most organizations commit fully to the adoption of both Agile and DevOps practices, many find struggles with critical challenges and thus miss out on the numerous benefits these practices can provide. CA Technologies’ research found that while “75% of respondents recognize that Agile and DevOps approaches drive significant business success when implemented together, only a relatively small proportion consider the consistency, depth, and breadth of usage of these practices to be high.” This is due to the lack of insight into the lucrative prospect of Agile and DevOps deployment where organizations stick to custom and conventional practices, unmoved by any motivation for a challenging venture.
The study also revealed the characteristics of ‘Agility Masters’ (the top 18 percent), which are organizations that have fully adopted the methodologies and aim to deploy nearly all of the right moves to make Agile and DevOps, an essential part of their business. The 60% higher rate of revenue and profit growth of these organizations is thus no surprise to anyone. “They are 2.4 times more likely to grow their businesses at a rate of over 20% than their mainstream counterparts.”
These organizations make all departments of their organization as flexible as possible when responding to changing customer demands, market expectations, regulatory changes and market opportunities. All the more important, these organizations do not focus on technology and process alone but rather on the most extensive use of whatever is available to them.
While applying Agile and DevOps, organizations face challenges such as culture improvement, skills development, improving management, and relieving the pressure. Agile and DevOps practices do not work in an isolated environment, maintained exclusively for them. Instead, the process demands a significant shift in mindset and behavior itself, while applying these strategies to the same work environment.
Therefore, to implement Agile and DevOps optimally, the organizations must focus on the following:
The improved organizational culture and implementation of agile and DevOps go hand in hand. A poor company environment cannot expect agility to bloom. The organization needs to appreciate and reward collaboration, foster an environment where teamwork and coordination are natural. This will, in turn, result in an environment that holds agility and DevOps at the core of all operations. Revising current processes, making processes transparent, and accumulating valuable feedback could well serve as environment reforming strategies.
By providing proper and timely training to employees, companies are more likely to witness a better deployment of Agile and DevOps across the organization, which according to the research results, could amount to a 60% higher rate of revenue and profit growth in comparison to those that don’t provide active training.
Supervising the entire Agile and DevOps deployment, and filling in the gaps and blocking the loopholes in the whole web of processes, is also necessary for optimal results. The implementation may result in an excessive workload and thus create confusion among the employees. Having management, committed solely to Agile and DevOps, would no doubt, improve the results.
Ensuring that employees focus on their best work influences the frequency of strategic work. When employees no longer have to interplay with allied organizational problems such as competition, salary, issues with other employees, etc., they can focus more accurately on the work assigned to them. The organizations must help employees prioritize their work to adopt these methodologies.
Agility and DevOps now seem to be the fundamentals prerequisites of a Modern IT environment. Although they do not entirely solve software development problems, they are essential in accelerating the development. With the help of Agile and DevOps, organizations, through transformed richer engagement of employer, employee, and work, can compete more readily in the IT world.