5 reasons your DevOps initiative could fail, and how to avoid them

Organizations that are adopting DevOps practices are taking the right steps towards increasing their abilities to deliver applications and services faster. However, many organizations invest in DevOps tools without considering organizational change and the actual value that they will bring.


90% of DevOps initiatives will be unsuccessful, not because of technical reasons, but due to limitations in leadership approaches.


So, what are the main reasons for DevOps failure, and can they be avoided? Here are a few points that infrastructure and operations leaders can keep in mind while introducing DevOps.

ChallengeDevOps not grounded in customer value


It is critical to understand the business outcome of introducing DevOps. Staff and customers, both, need to have a finger on the value it will bring.


Solution: I&O leaders can rely on marketing to identify, anticipate and deliver the value of DevOps. By refining their understanding of customer value, I&O leaders can evolve capabilities and further enable organizational change.

Challenge: Organizational change not managed


Many organizations focus efforts on DevOps tools and disregard the magnitude of getting their staffs on board with the upcoming change.


Solution: Organizations must identify and nurture candidates with the right DevOps attitude. Those who demonstrate teamwork, accountability and lifelong learning show the most potential.

Challenge: Lack of collaboration


More often than not, DevOps efforts are limited to I&O. If all stakeholders are not involved, or DevOps in implemented through uncoordinated groups, it will not bring value.


Solution: Build an environment that fosters collaboration and breaks down barriers. Teams must be encouraged to work together, rather than in uncoordinated silos.

Challenge: Trying to do too much too quickly


DevOps cannot be launched in one step without increasing chances of failure. There are far too many variables for this method to be successful in a large IT organization.


Solution: A methodical, step-by-step approach to implement DevOps allows an organization to course correct and focus on continual improvements.

Challenge: Unrealistic expectations of DevOps


Many organizations struggle with closing the gap between expectations of customer value and what it can actually deliver.


Solution: By agreeing on objectives and metrics at the start can help manage expectations better. Remember, expectation management is continuous and not a one-time affair.

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