Many IT managers make mistakes in the adoption of DevOps automation. This article will highlight the 8 biggest mistakes IT managers make in the adoption of DevOps automation. DevOps is an emerging term coined from two words: Development and Operations. DevOps basically refers to the collaboration between developers and operations throughout the service life cycle of a product.

With the changing needs and technological trends, many companies are adopting the DevOps philosophy in order to adapt continuously. While adopting DevOps is an entirely valuable idea, the exponential growth of technology puts a certain amount of pressure on IT managers and they are sure to incur some difficulties. This article looks at the major mistakes IT managers are likely to make in Adoption of DevOps Automation. Part one of this article will list four of the eight mistakes.

1. Limiting Developers to Certain Tools

A major mistake of large companies is limiting developers to only use the company’s set of tools. Most developers like to use tools they are familiar with; it makes work easier and they complete tasks faster and efficiently. When limited, it affects delivery. What IT managers can do is set up self-sufficient teams that run independently. Each team should be allowed to select their developement tools that work for them and meet their needs efficiently paying attention to company’s policies at the same time. Of course, there has to be communication between the teams to ensure they are in sync.

2. Failing to Delegate Tasks Appropriately

While the DevOps popularity is increasing as more companies start to leverage its usefulness, the roles of the developer teams become less distinct. When more resources are given to the coding team and the testing team given less, it’s a recipe for disaster. Software development is a process that requires equal sharing of responsibilities among the team members to achieve an excellent end product. The IT manager has to ensure there is good communication and sharing of responsibilities throughout the process and not just the end.

3. Choosing Speed of Delivery over Quality

Quick delivery of products is only good if the end product is great. However, some products end up in the dustbin because IT managers rush the delivery process and miss fundamental steps like testing. Failing to take client feedback during the agile testing is also a disaster in waiting. IT administrators need to work closely with developers, database administrators, and operations to reach a consensus. Developer teams can be allowed to write their own tests and automation tools. This will allow quick feedback hence quick delivery of a well-tested product.

4. Only Testing at the end of the Development Process

Most IT managers believe that heavy tests and load balancing should be done at the end of the development life cycle. This is wrong and will only lead to problems. Some products may not work as expected due to problems at integration level. A workaround is to allow individual teams to write their own testing tools instead of waiting for another team to write the performance test tools. Modern tools are also available for developer driven performance testing. This is beneficial as it forms the basis for automated integration and post-production tests.

Please look out for the other four mistakes in the Part 2 of The 8 Biggest Mistakes IT Managers make in the Adoption of DevOps Automation.

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