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Why Agile is Still Relevant for DevOps

As more organizations adopt DevOps, it’s easy to believe that development teams can forget about Agile. Instead, organizations should recognize that Agile and DevOps work together to deliver higher quality software quickly. In “The DevOps Handbook,” authors Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick DeBois, and John Willis state that “Agile often serves as an effective enabler of DevOps, because of its focus on small teams continually delivering high-quality code to customers.” DevOps began in the Agile community with the first session exploring the application of Agile principles to infrastructure occurring at a 2008 Agile conference and evolving from there. According to a December 2017 Forrester study organizations with a unified Agile and DevOps program realized faster business value, improved functional quality, greater frequency of delivery, and better business/IT alignment than companies with Agile-only or DevOps-only programs. So how do organizations combine DevOps and Agile practices? Agile teams should include operational needs earlier in sprint planning. Traditional Agile roles such as Scrum Master and Product Owner will change to ensure operational needs, deployability, and testing are included in the scope of work and that projects are successful when Operations accepts the build. Agile practices, DevOps tools, and culture changes from both frameworks enable teams to collaborate better to balance faster deployment cycles with high quality. ReleaseTEAM’s experts provide organizations with the knowledge, tools, and training to successfully streamline and evolve their software development cycles. Contact us to learn more. As more organizations adopt DevOps, it’s easy to believe that development teams can forget about Agile. Instead, organizations should recognize that Agile and DevOps work together to deliver higher quality software quickly. In “The DevOps Handbook,” authors Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick DeBois, and John Willis state that “Agile often serves as an effective enabler of DevOps, because of its focus on small teams continually delivering high-quality code to customers.” DevOps began in the Agile community with the first session exploring the application of Agile principles to infrastructure occurring at a 2008 Agile conference and evolving from there. According to a December 2017 Forrester study organizations with a unified Agile and DevOps program realized faster business value, improved functional quality, greater frequency of delivery, and better business/IT alignment than companies with Agile-only or DevOps-only programs. So how do organizations combine DevOps and Agile practices? Agile teams should include operational needs earlier in sprint planning. Traditional Agile roles such as Scrum Master and Product Owner will change to ensure operational needs, deployability, and testing are included in the scope of work and that projects are successful when Operations accepts the build. Agile practices, DevOps tools, and culture changes from both frameworks enable teams to collaborate better to balance faster deployment cycles with high quality. ReleaseTEAM’s experts provide organizations with the knowledge, tools, and training to successfully streamline and evolve their software development cycles. Contact us to learn more.

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