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DevOps Leaders Owe Their Success to These 8 Practices

DevOps leaders are rejecting the age-old control method to take up a more productive approach. DevOps is bringing more value to the customers and helping developers to satisfy them. Since DevOps scales at every turn, so should the leaders. In this article at the Enterprisers Project, Carla Rudder shares eight practices that DevOps leaders owe their success to.

8 Successful DevOps Practices

Product owner for the DevOps Institute Helen Beal opines that you should implement DevOps across the organization. Start by creating ‘small, autonomous, and multi-functional teams’ based on products.

While leaders still need to employ, fire, pay, and review performance, the gap between them and their teams is decreasing. The hierarchical difference between the ‘doers’ and the strategic thinkers will disappear soon. Though it is inevitable, DevOps leaders might find it hard in the beginning. Here are the eight practices that experts say will lead them to success:

Being the Servant Leader: The State of DevOps Report 2017 report conveys that DevOps leaders with a servant leadership mentality inspired better team performance. Be clear about your vision and support the team, but allow them to own the development process.

Taking One Step at a Time: Middle managers are so caught up in achieving daily targets that they forget to see the bigger picture. Balance your requirements with that of the managers in the initial stages.

Making Failure a Natural Process: Teams should understand that failure is part of the game. Instead of levying penalties, DevOps leaders need to document lessons learned to prevent repeating mistakes. CollabNet VersionOne director Logan Daigle suggests improving confidence by helping the team to strike a better balance between work and home.

Boosting Team Capabilities: DevOps leaders need to translate the corporate goals to external stakeholders and their team and then expand team capabilities. The Predictive Index SVP Matt Poepsel suggests that you can get new hires or train current resources to achieve the relevant goals.

Facilitating Knowledge Sharing: Widen the horizon from where the team can learn new skills. Hold virtual or physical meetings with external stakeholders, customers, and experts to discuss tactics, opinions, product requirements, etc.

Prioritizing Work: Teams find work prioritization as the most challenging job. Mangoteque principal Dave Mangot suggests that you help the team remove dependencies so that they can work better.

Balancing Long-Term and Short-Team Objectives: You need to fulfill both short-term and long-term goals. The majority of the time, teams exhaust their work hours looking after immediate requirements. As a DevOps leader, know how to meet all the objectives and keep the team running.

Sensing of Being Valued: Leaders must strive to be transparent to build trust with the team. Listen to the opinions of the team members and implement the best ideas. They will feel that they are contributing to company growth and are an essential part of the organization.

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