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Collaborate Agile & DevOps Teams in 5 Steps

If the Agile and DevOps practices are designed to transform the mindset of the people in IT to work together, how do you know they are truly collaborating?

In this article at InfoWorld, Isaac Sacolick explains that IT teams take a lot of work while committing to Agile and DevOps practices. The Agile teams scale their practices by defining scrum master’s role and maturing how they use Agile management tools while the DevOps teams start implementing CI/CD pipelines first then automate testing.

Collaborative Needs

Those who have been working in IT for long might have witnessed the scuffle between development and IT operations team. One wants to release quickly while the latter wants to control changes to ensure smooth running of the applications. If your organization is opting Agile and DevOps transformations, here are five principles required to establish seamless collaboration between the two:

  1. Problem Solving Attitude: Some teams give so much focus on a technical solution that they lose sight of the problem that they were supposed to resolve. Collaborative teams maintain discipline around problem-solving by clearly defining the opportunity with an objective.
  2. Customer-Focused: The sound synergy between the teams strikes the right balance between the delivery of strategic initiatives while responding to the customer needs and addressing technical debt.
  3. Drive Standards: Follow one of the Agile manifesto principles that say, ‘the best architectures and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.’ By finding the right balance between self-organizing, experimenting, and developing standard practices, ideal teams put the Agile principle into practice.
  4. KPIs to Drive Improvement: Ideal teams keep on experimenting with unique ways to improve by formalizing KPIs and improvement processes. These KPIs are constantly reviewed at retrospective meetings to drop or replace with other improvement areas.
  5. Small Conflicts & Big Celebrations: The collaborative teams identify areas of conflicts and aim to address them with among small, informed teams. By adopting an open mindset, they take measurable risks. On the contrary, they celebrate even slightest accomplishments and drive cultural change.

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