DevOps Is Not A Trend

Highlights from The State of DevOps Report 2019 has released its annual report where they talk about key findings from their survey. As we’re seeing with our own clients DevOps is certainly not a trend. In fact, the need to improve the performance and velocity of software delivery is driving the adoption of CI / CD tools.

Here are some key excerpts from the report:

The Industry Continues to Improve, Particularly Among the Elite Performers: 

The proportion of high performers have tripled, now comprising 20% of all teams. This shows that improvement is real for those who really are doing the right things.

Delivering Software Quickly, Reliably and Safely Is at the Heart of Technology Transformation and Organizational Performance:

It is evident that speed, stability, and availability leads to organizational performance in terms of profitability, productivity and customer satisfaction.

The Best Strategies for Scaling DevOps in Organizations Focus on Structural Solutions that Build Community:

High performers favor strategies that create community structures at both high and low levels of organization. Having established a community of practices, having proof of concepts, helps them become more resilient and successful. Dojos are becoming more and more important.

Cloud Continues to Be a Differentiator for Elite Performers, and Drives High Performance:

The use of cloud as defined by NIST Special Publication 800–145, is predictive of software delivery performance and availability. High performers are 24 times more likely to execute all five capabilities of cloud computing:

Productivity Can Drive Improvements in Work/Life Balance and Reduction in Burnout, and Organization Can Make Smart Investment to Support It: 

To support productivity, organizations can foster a culture of psychological safety and make smart investments in tooling, information search and reducing technical debts through flexible, extensible and viewable systems.

There Is a Right Way to Handle the Change Approval Process, and It Leads to Improvements in Speed and Stability and Reductions in Burnouts:

Heavyweight change approval processes such as CAB, negatively impact speed and stability. In contrast, having a clearly understood process for changes drives speed and stability, as well as a reduction in burnouts. It is nice to see ITIL 4 has adopted this best practice, and the CAB there is no longer mandatory.

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