Startups: 5 Signs That You Need to Invest in DevOps

By Flux7 Labs
August 24, 2014

Having a DevOps approach for application or product development is like H2O to your organization. It’s a basic need to live long and prosper.

Yes, DevOps is like H2O:

  • High-quality bug-free apps and products

  • Heights of innovation

  • One-click deployments

And a lot more to be honest!

Whether you’re a dev or ops guy, chances are you are constantly being educated about a DevOps approach or methodology. You might even be aware of the myths and facts of DevOps and how a DevOps infrastructure affects your customers.

The questions to ask are these:

  • How do you know you aren’t using DevOps?

  • And, isn’t it time you think of an investment in DevOps?y_u_no_use_devops

Because DevOps is a culture –a process, there’s no definite checklist that you can use to understand your DevOps stand. The current state-of-the-art DevOps approach does not provide a ready-to-use framework or manifesto. However, there are a lot of best practices and indicators that can help you understand where you stand when it comes to DevOps.

We’ve put together a list of five signs, or indicators, (it’s not THE list, as there’s no specific checklist) that, when relatable, implies you’re missing out from DevOps at the very core. In that case, you need to call for a team meeting to start thinking DevOps.

Sign #1: Your team has the best developers, but an application deployment takes three times longer than it’s supposed to take.

This clearly indicates that your feedback loop is at stake. Whether it’s a local feedback loop, wherein the developer does local testing before the code is sent to QA, or a feedback that a developer receives from QA, it’s significant to send feedback to the developer as quickly as possible. Why? Context switching.

If it takes a long time for the feedback to reach the developer, it’s very likely that your developer has moved on to coding the next feature. Therefore, the context of the previous feature is not as fresh as it would have been if the feedback was sent quicker.

Sign #2: You are terrified at the thought of hiring new developers.

Irrespective of the size of your organization, you constantly face the issue of a lack of documentation. You let go of one of your current employees or he quits your firm for another job. What if the same employee was responsible for major developments and has failed to document his work appropriately?

It’s going to be a disaster for the new employee hired to replace him.

Sign #3: You have ideas booming among the team; but, the practicality of the idea de-motivates you.

Your team and you are bursting with creative and innovative ideas. You have the needed skills. But what about factors like cost, time and resource allocation that bring you down every time you think of a new idea?

As much as an idea can end up being life-changing to you, not having a DevOps approach in place is prepping you to see the light of your organization’s doomsday.

Sign #4: You end up doing a string of tedious manual steps.

A lack of automated scripts that take care of your repeatable tasks calls for tedious manual steps that are way more faulty given the involvement of the human element. This deprives you of sleep. And the last time you had a good night’s sleep was … well, you can’t remember, can you?

Your doctor advises that you must sleep seven to eight hours a night to help stay in good health. Research and studies are constant reminders of the health hazards of bad sleeping habits. But, here you are, running around the clock, fixing an issue, only to get ready to face another.

Sign #5: You feel your devs and ops spend more time finger-pointing than actually working.

And then comes the cherry on top. There’s a whole lot of finger-pointing and blame-game playing going on within your teams. No one wants to take responsibility. You are not really sure who caused the issue in the first place.

In short, you feel you are in a mess.

You keep missing your business goals only to procrastinate and push them into the next month, then the next, and, yes, the next. You end up being satisfied with the results you see while they are no where close to what they must be.

If you recognize at least one of these signs taking hold at your organization, then it’s quite possible that it’s not too long before you also see the rest of them.

There is no time for second thoughts when it comes to emphasizing the need for a DevOps approach and putting it in place. It’s a basic need and a necessary investment.

Put it into practice! Find out how, and when, one startup got the DevOps framework they needed. 

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