What makes a successful DevOps practice? We believe it’s a combination of people, process and tooling.

No DevOps practice is possible without people. Your DevOps team members are the ones on the front lines getting stuff done. They build and test, ensuring a high-quality deployment for your organization. In short, your people can make or break the entire process.

The Superhero: Your DevOps Team’s Kryptonite

On most operation teams, you can quickly pinpoint who the superhero is: the one person a team relies on consistently. Everyone wants to wear the red cape and be hailed as a project’s saving grace. Unfortunately, a structure that encourages reliance on a superhero won’t work for organizations that rely on internal teams.

The superhero pattern doesn’t scale with demand and superheroes often become a point of operational failure. As your team members begin to rely on the superhero’s knowledge and skills, a culture of “no” or “slow” begins to take over. When that superhero leaves your organization, efficiency drops and your team must be trained all over again.

There’s Power in Collaboration

To move beyond the superhero and build efficient project teams, you must use a DevOps team structure that’s collaborative and organizational. To do so correctly, you must adopt an approach that’s documented, understood, auditable, consistent and scalable. This is where your process comes into play.

We recommend combining Infrastructure as Code (IaC) with version control. With this approach, multiple members of your team can introduce changes by checking in code. No longer is the code controlled by one superhero; instead, it’s easily accessible by your entire team based on role and access.

More Tips for Improving Your DevOps Team Efficiency

The collaboration resulting from this approach improves your team’s overall efficiency. Plus, it leads to a healthy team environment focused on transparency and awareness. Additionally, there are other methods you can use to improve your team’s efficiency.

1. Emphasize Cross-Functionality in Your Team Structure

All members of your team should work together toward a common goal. This means emphasizing cross-functionality in your team structure. Building a cross-functional team allows different skill sets to merge. It also increases the amount of critical team communication and tears down silos that limit outcomes.

2. Learn From Recent Initiatives

Take time to discuss previous initiatives with your team. Together, see what insights you and your team can glean about what worked and what didn’t. These takeaways can help you maintain your momentum or improve your momentum for the next project.

Transform Your DevOps Practice by Starting With Your Team

Proper cloud DevOps can transform your practice from a superhero bound culture of “no” to a team-based culture of “yes.” To learn more about how you can transform your DevOps practice using the Cloud, send Agosto a message today.

To learn more about IaC, check out our whitepaper: Importance of Infrastructure as Code Pipelines in Your DevOps Practice.