Being straight! There is no tool that can magically make your DevOps agile, it’s more about the collaboration of the operations and development teams to make the magic happen.
However, there are tools which can assist and take this collaboration to another level. Breaking down the dilemma and summing it up, there are few points which when taken into consideration can help you to implement right DevOps suiting your organizational values.
1. Plan and Collaborate
In a software development company always allow your development team to plan on iterations. This is the way to start learning from the users and optimize your product based on their reviews. Continuously gathering feedback prioritizing them and taking actions for the development teams is always a healthy practice.
It’s also important to provide everyone rights to share and comment on anything: strategies, ideas, requirements, goals, roadmaps, and documentation.
Staging environments for development is a crucial aspect of DevOps, Puppet and Chef being the primary ones to benefit the operations, whereas developers should use tools like Docker to create individual environments for development.
Also, coding against disposable and virtual replicas of production would immensely help you to get more work done in less amount of time.
3. Constant Integration
Continuous Integration is one of the best practices that involves continuous checking of code to a shared repository in a day and testing it each time before some new integration is implemented. By implementing this practice, one can detect problems and fix them at the earliest, also implement new features as early as possible.
Always, look for such tools that automatically has the ability to apply test results to the development branches, and gives the option to make master builds successfully. Getting real-time alerts over the team’s chat portal can also prove itself to be an added advantage.
4. Continuous Feedback
Customers are always ready to remind you if there is any flaw in the product or not. The thing is you need to listen. The customer feedback process includes surveys, bug reports, social media engagement and NPS data.
Positive feedback is always welcoming but if its negative then analyzing and incorporating those feedback may feel like it slows the pace of development in the short term. But on the contrary, it’s more efficient in the long run than releasing new features that nobody wants.