The DevOps engineer's handbook The DevOps engineer's handbook

Creating the ideal workplace culture for DevOps

DevOps improves almost all aspects of software development for many organizations. Faster delivery and updates, streamlined processes, and faster feedback are perfect examples of the benefits.

Both a benefit itself and something that enhances the other benefits, DevOps also suggests you improve team happiness.

Some might consider team happiness a concept at odds with productivity. Yet, like DevOps’ other elements, its culture suggestions help even high-performing organizations perform even better.

Despite its name, adopting a good DevOps team culture is not about smooshing your Dev and Operations teams together. It’s also absolutely not telling your staff that ’I don’t know… we all need to be more hardcore’ before working them into the ground.

The goal, instead, is to ensure all teams:

  • Build trust through clear, honest communication, and feedback
  • Collaborate throughout the product’s entire lifecycle
  • Have what they need to make quick decisions
  • Can take risks without fear of failure or blame
  • Are collectively responsible for the product’s success
  • Review what worked and what didn’t for the next lifecycle

That said, there’s no correct way to make positive cultural changes, as it depends on the culture you already have. Some companies may need a complete mindset change from top to bottom, while others only need a few structural tweaks or initiatives.

To understand more about the best culture for DevOps and some steps to get there, check out the following pages:

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