For cutting-edge enterprises, the DevOps engineer is increasingly becoming an essential and versatile profession. While technical abilities are required, DevOps engineers must also be able to communicate, multitask, and always put the customer first. DevOps is becoming more popular among businesses as a means of delivering software and security updates more quickly, both internally and to customers.
According to the DevOps Institute Upskilling 2021 report, it’s no longer a question of whether or not organizations need DevOps, but rather when they should implement it. As per the report, global enterprise adoption of DevOps at the project or multiple-project level is 20% and 36%, respectively, and the skills required for a successful DevOps journey include automation, technical, human, functional, and process knowledge.
While the future appears bright for DevOps professionals, much will hinge on how DevOps engineers are used to improving the way work is done. DevOps engineers, for example, must aim to break down silos while simultaneously moving away from traditional development, deployment, and waterfall processes, which slow down the production of scalable, high-quality, and reliable software.
DevOps as an operating model requires three important talents
DevOps is evolving from simply putting Dev and Ops together to creating a continuous improvement operating paradigm. Continuous cultural issues, as well as a focus on automated work, have resulted in major changes. Here are three skills that are crucial to the company’s future success:
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Capability to operate in a multi-disciplinary product team
The divisions between product and engineering teams will blur as the push to sell products and services through e-commerce sites, apps, and SaaS solutions grows, resulting in cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams that must learn and grow together. Multidisciplinary work entails the judicious application of information, skills, and best practices from a variety of disciplines and functional areas.
Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) of professionals from various IT and business domains should collaborate to meet important objectives, and their skill sets and organizational structures will differ. The abilities required are determined by the existing technical environment as well as the company’s primary objectives. Determining existing capabilities across the major categories of human, automation, technical environment, functional, and process and frameworks is the best method to understand the organization’s needs.
Ability to focus on innovation while reducing toil
The adoption of new operational models that focus on value alignment and ongoing process improvement is becoming the norm. New DevOps working models are being implemented, all of which are based on three themes: system thinking, amplifying and assuring continuous feedback loops across value streams, and focusing on altering individual and team culture through experimentation and learning
VSM is an example of the shift toward product and system thinking, providing a more holistic perspective that focuses on customer value and the flow between processes and teams, while SRE, for example, focuses on enabling feedback from operations into development (and more).
Readiness to embrace continuous learning to adopt and stay proficient
It’s easy to assume that huge success equates to massive change, but this isn’t always the case. Any journey can benefit from changes in how firms operate, communicate knowledge, and interact with others. It will make a difference if businesses automate a manual process or embrace a new way of doing things, and it will make an even bigger difference if they do it with others. Businesses can use and exploit multiple ways of thinking and accomplishing work by having knowledge across important topic areas.
Fear and resistance accompany any transformation, but when it includes an intentional path to continuously improve skills and capabilities, new ways of functioning become possible.