Why Agile is not enough for software development?

The beauty of agile approaches to software development has always been found in the discipline’s ability to produce potentially better results and better products than perhaps has been originally envisioned. This was made achievable through a flexible and light-touch approach that focusses around getting software products shipped out incrementally, and strengthened by regular interactions with and demonstrations presented to the customer.

However, where agile has historically fallen short at the execution stage?  Since the agile methodology was only implemented during the development phase, the operations department was left behind, leading to deployments loading up faster than it was possible to release them. This meant that users experienced delays in receiving any new value from the product, and of course, the subsequent business rewards were detained.

Although agile, also look after principles of continuous learning, innovation and improvement that allows for a project’s requirements to change and new functionality to be added over time. In practice, as the system becomes more complex with each new functionality added, the system too needs to be flexible and adaptable to incorporate the continuous changes required of it.

In short, agile fails to include operational teams early enough in the development cycle. As a result, agile methodologies failed to improve productivity and ultimately, the bottom line.

Then, What can help Agile work better?

The trend that has ultimately given rise to DevOps- a discipline that takes a more holistic approach to being Agile, and which, rather than focusing singularly on software development, incorporates the whole IT organization and its relationship with the business at large.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a new term emerging from the collision of two major related trends. The first was also called “agile operations”; it sprang from applying newer Agile and Lean approaches to operations work. The second is a much expanded understanding of the value of collaboration between development and operations staff throughout all stages of the development lifecycle when creating and operating a service, and how important operations has become in our increasingly service-oriented world.

Definition of DevOps

DevOps is the practice of operations and development engineers participating together in the entire service lifecycle, from design through the development process to production support.content

Benefits of DevOps

Companies that practice DevOps have reported significant benefits, as significantly shorter time to market, improved customer satisfaction, Better product quality, more releases that are reliable, improved productivity and efficiency, increased ability to build the right product by fast experimentation.

Why do we need DevOps in the Enterprise?

The DevOps culture puts a focus on creating a fast and stable workflow through development and IT operations. One main goal of DevOps is to deploy features into production quickly and to detect and correct problems when they occur, without disrupting other services.

Kalpana – Senior Technical Trainer

 

Disclaimer:The views expressed in this blog are the writer’s and are not an indication of the company’s view, action or strategy.