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A DevOps primer: Start, improve and extend your DevOps teams

Looking for ways to start or improve your DevOps teams? Check out this guide that includes smart starting strategies, ways to fine tune DevOps and how to keep it evolving.


It seems like organizations were just really getting into their Agile groove when DevOps came along. From understanding what it is to actually doing it, we have you covered. At its heart, the idea behind DevOps teams is simple: Break down the walls between operations and development and create a fast, automated process that allows for the swift delivery of software.

It sounds good, but it certainly isn't simple to do. And there are lots of questions to answer. What's the difference between Lean and Agile and DevOps? Where did DevOps come from? How can we speak the same language? And why is DevOps a smart choice for cloud app development?

Those are just for starters. When you're up and running in a DevOps world, hurdles will remain. It's tough to know if you're doing it right, if you've chosen the proper tools and how to make DevOps teams work even more efficiently. It can be easy to slip back into the silo mentality, but there are some DevOps tips and tricks to avoid that.

Finally, even DevOps old timers need a reminder that the best way to improve your pipeline is by measuring, measuring and then measuring again. It sounds basic, but it was a shock to one DevOps evangelist who could not believe how few companies were actually taking advantage of the data to make continuous improvements. Also, we have advice on building your DevOps career and a look at how this new push is changing what software testers are being asked to do.

1Smart starting strategies-

Setting up DevOps teams

Considering DevOps for your enterprise, but still have concerns? Or, ready to make the move towards DevOps teams? Take a look at a beginner's guide into the world of DevOps, find out the differences between various software methods and learn how to find a common language in this starting strategies section.


DevOps: A beginner's guide

You can't just 'do' DevOps and hope to get it right. Expert Matthew Heusser takes us through all the steps required to make DevOps work for your company -- and make your life easier. Continue Reading


A strategic comparison of Agile, Lean and DevOps

It's a confusing, jargon-filled world out there. Expert Christopher Ward brings clarity in part one of a series of articles on the differences between Lean, Agile and DevOps. Continue Reading


Using DevOps for improved cloud apps projects

Learn how DevOps tactics can improve and ease the pain of cloud application projects. Christine Parizo discusses how organizational groups need to come together for cloud apps. Continue Reading


Shift your IT thinking for cloud DevOps

Cloud DevOps requires IT and the business side of organizations to make some changes to work together. Read on to find out the changes they should make. Continue Reading


How to speak dev and ops

At Red Hat Summit, Ansible playbooks look to find common ground between dev and ops teams. Continue Reading


The evolving world of DevOps software development

Many IT organizations are turning to the practice of DevOps software development. But this requires more than implementing an open source tool. Continue Reading


Software quality includes using DevOps with Agile

As DevOps evolves and merges with advanced Agile methods, developer teams will have greater success at improving software quality. Continue Reading

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Fine tune those DevOps skills

Getting started with DevOps teams is one thing, but making sure they are successful is another set of struggles. This section delves into how to avoid disaster, which tools to use and how to consider long-term DevOps goals.


Avoiding DevOps disasters

It is easy to make mistakes when implementing DevOps. Expert Bert Jan Schrijver explains the right way to use automation, testing and DevOps support teams. Continue Reading


Six steps to disciplined DevOps software delivery

If your Agile organization is heading down the DevOps path, there are key processes you will need to implement. Expert Yvette Francino lays out a plan to ensure disciplined DevOps. Continue Reading


How to pick the right DevOps tools

When programs are built using a polyglot of different languages, organizations need good DevOps tools to manage that integration. Continue Reading


Using online collaboration tools with DevOps

In this Q&A, Robin Gordon of CoreLogic explains how using online collaboration tools empowered her team of more than 300 developers repair broken processes. Continue Reading


Shippable's DevOps team improved by looking inward

Everyone knows a broken DevOps team. Shippable CEO Avi Cavale thinks he can help, but he had to tackle his inefficient customer service operation first. Here's how he did it. Continue Reading

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Winning with DevOps

Your enterprise has conquered getting DevOps rolling and keeping it in gear. What comes next? This section covers how best to deal with the constant changes with DevOps teams, where Agile fits in and what it takes to make DevOps a lasting career.


Using DevOps metrics with ease

Dynatrace performance advocate Andreas Grabner travels the world spreading the word about DevOps data. However, even he's surprised by how few companies are actually paying attention. Continue Reading


Ten steps to building your DevOps career

DevOps jobs -- and salaries -- are hot right now. Expert coach and recruiter Jill Jubinski offers her best advice for networking yourself into a new career in DevOps. Continue Reading


How Agile and DevOps can improve

Two new Agile and DevOps surveys show there is work to be done in order for companies to take full advantage of these development strategies. It's easier said than done. Continue Reading


DevOps teams and testing are always changing

The DevOps mind-set is spreading fast and that means testers need to rethink their roles. Expert Stephen Elliot predicts what will happen with DevOps and testing. Continue Reading

4Defining DevOps-

A glossary of terms

Looking for deeper understanding of some technology terms? Look no further. In this glossary section, you'll find a variety of definitions for DevOps-related terms.

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