A critical factor in achieving speed of execution is being clear about who gets to make which decisions. Governance is about establishing a framework to ensure that all decisions are made by the right person or persons, according to the importance of the decision and the expertise and organizational responsibilities of the parties to the decision. Decisions with large financial impact must be made by senior managers as part of an ongoing management process, while those with lesser impact are more efficiently made by those who are accountable for executing the decisions.
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I have seen many DevOps initiatives at various levels of maturity. One common pattern in successful ones is that they have made progress in automating the build process or the provisioning of environments. Both of these accomplishments are necessary and worthy of focus, but the efforts don’t stop there. The following is a list of things to consider that can take your DevOps initiative to the next level.
In my previous post I highlighted a number of patterns that lead to failures of agile initiatives. The post generated a lot of conversation and a few comments, so instead of responding to everyone individually I will address all of the questions and comments in this post. Let’s look at each fail pattern and discuss strategies to prevent agile from failing.