How to Survive Your First 100 Days as Head of DevOps

Leading and Adopting DevOps in Your Organization


You’ve just been given the responsibility to lead a DevOps transformation in your organization. Where do you begin? How will you approach the situation? What will you start or stop doing? What are your goals?

Luckily for you, many people and organizations, both large and small, have already experienced the growing pains associated with this process and have had great success. Now that others have worked through the challenges, there’s a basic playbook for moving your organization toward DevOps principles. It won’t be easy, but it can be done!

Let’s take Target, for example. They are the sixth largest retailer in the U.S., and they spend over $1 billion on technology each year. They rely on strong IT to compete online against competitors like Amazon and Walmart. The DevOps Handbook discusses Target’s transformation in various case studies. A case study on API enablement from 2015 discusses the organization’s shift to DevOps principles during 2012. It took almost a year to deploy new technologies, during which time Target adopted cross-functional teams, continuous integration, and increased automation. As a result of these changes, their digital sales increased by 42% during the 2014 holiday season, and they were able to introduce powerful business capabilities like Ship to Store and Gift Registry. Sounds like their investment in IT paid off, doesn’t it?

In this blog post, we’ll review the best ideas and practices from The DevOps Handbook. This book provides concrete steps that you can take to transform your organization with DevOps. These aren’t pie in the sky ideas either. All of the practices presented in this resource have proven successful in practice and with focused case studies in larger organizations. Together, they provide a playbook for how to build a fast-moving, customer-facing organization. (Read more...)

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