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SDLC Solutions for the Plan Discipline
The planning discipline starts whenever the DevOps team receives a new feature request or a report of a new issue. For new features, user stories provide the necessary context and teams decompose them into requirements. For bug fixes, the applicable stakeholders provide screenshots, logs, or issue descriptions as part of the requirements.
Once the team understands the requirements, a team leader adds the tasks to a tracking and management tool, usually using Scrum or Kanban boards. The centralized overview allows teams to create, assign, detail, schedule, and track all items throughout the subsequent DevOps cycle. Workflows deliver the necessary task management and ensure processing is timely and transparent.
Collaboration tools enable geographically separated teams to share information, provide comments, reduce ineffective handoffs, track tasks and issues, as well as ensures a healthy DevOps culture. With appropriate collaboration tools, teams can ensure they work on the latest information from a centralized interface and deliver the necessary knowledge base associated with the new releases.
Having a well-developed collaborative culture and implementing the appropriate tools within the DevOps cycles eliminates gaps during the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) cycle and task processing. Collaboration tools replace traditional systems such as emails and meetings from the team’s toolset, instead opting for instant messaging, threaded comments, and consolidation workflows.
During the planning phase of the DevOps cycle, project management tools allow team leaders and product owners to establish strategies, develop roadmaps, and decompose requirements into individual tasks. Using the agile methodologies from Scrum or Kanban development systems, features become sprints added to boards from a central location.
Team leaders then prioritize, assign, and schedule tasks while time management tools track time-spent and work progress for project management reporting. Dashboards provide oversight, processing metrics, build and test release results, as well as team and resource utilization.
Continuous Document Management
DevOps documentation management tools improve the knowledge associated with code using wiki pages and markdown language. In centralized repositories, documentation resides directly inside the codebase. The DevOps team coverts comments, screenshots, review outcomes and recommended user instructions into webpages that ship with the build.
This makes the cycle of gathering, composing, and sharing information a cycle of continuous documentation management. Useful information is captured as it becomes available, formatted if necessary, and deployed along with the code updates.
Requirements may arise from anywhere in the DevOps cycle, including customer requests, ITSM issues, test results, configuration or security policy changes, recommendations and more. While requirements drive the continuous improvement of the system, understanding them requires planning and collaboration.
DevOps Requirements Management tools allow teams to record new requests and decompose them into individual tasks. Teams connect the functional tests directly to the requirement, ensuring that verification during the processing remains in line with the stated goals of the feature or fix.
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