How to Scale DevOps by Building Platform Teams

Enterprises that achieve initial success with DevOps initiatives often struggle to scale their efforts. I&O leaders should dedicate teams to operating shared self-service platforms that enable agile product teams to accelerate delivery while ensuring quality and standardization.

Key Challenges:

  • Simple DevOps team topologies are effective for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders who are building traction for fledgling initiatives. However, these models lead to duplication and competing demands when scaling DevOps.
  • I&O leaders find it difficult to provide enough platform operations expertise for DevOps product teams, resulting in slower delivery cycles.
  • When product development teams use multiple platforms inconsistently, I&O leaders often fail to ensure high standards of governance and production efficiency.

I&O leaders focused on scaling DevOps practices should:

  • Establish dedicated platform teams by recruiting diversified subject matter experts (SMEs) who will promote agility and responsiveness to product teams.
  • Redefine the platform as a set of products that continuously evolves to fulfill developer needs by building a collaborative product mindset.
  • Appoint a platform manager to navigate conflicting requirements from development teams and drive production quality and efficiency.

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