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DevOps Adoption Strategies: Principles, Processes, Tools, and Trends

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DevOps Adoption Strategies: Principles, Processes, Tools, and Trends

Overview of this book

DevOps is a set of best practices enabling operations and development teams to work together to produce higher-quality work and, among other things, quicker releases. This book helps you to understand the fundamentals needed to get started with DevOps, and prepares you to start deploying technical tools confidently. You will start by learning the key steps for implementing successful DevOps transformations. The book will help you to understand how aspects of culture, people, and process are all connected, and that without any one of these elements DevOps is unlikely to be successful. As you make progress, you will discover how to measure and quantify the success of DevOps in your organization, along with exploring the pros and cons of the main tooling involved in DevOps. In the concluding chapters, you will learn about the latest trends in DevOps and find out how the tooling changes when you work with these specialties. By the end of this DevOps book, you will have gained a clear understanding of the connection between culture, people, and processes within DevOps, and learned why all three are critically important.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: Principles of DevOps and Agile
Section 2: Developing and Building a Successful DevOps Culture
Section 3: Driving Change and Maturing Your Processes
Section 4: Implementing and Deploying DevOps Tools

Techniques for continuous improvement and feedback

When we looked at What is continuous improvement and feedback? at the start of the chapter, we briefly discussed the use of Kaizen and there was a quick mention of Six Sigma, which are both methodologies you can use to take steps towards continuous improvement. What about before you get to that stage though?

Let's now look at techniques you can use for continuous improvement.

Continuous improvement processes

As we discussed in the previous section, the PDSA cycle stands for Plan, Do, Study, and Act. Behind this is a six-step model that is a systematic approach to planning, sequencing, and improving efforts using data and is an elaboration of the PDSA model.

The six steps used are as follows:

  1. Identify opportunities
  2. Analyze the root cause
  3. Take action
  4. Study the results
  5. Standardize the solution
  6. Plan for the future

These distinct steps are sequential and an essential part of a continuous...