Gartner Research

How to Scale DevOps Beyond the Pilot Stage

Published: 11 March 2015

ID: G00272992

Analyst(s): Cameron Haight


Growing a DevOps initiative beyond just a few small teams increases the risk of failure due to increasing complexity and ambiguity. This research offers recommendations for IT team managers to minimize these issues.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Scale the Tools Architecture Through the Application of SOA-Style Techniques, Including Concepts Such as Modularity
  • Scale Processes Through Continued Application of Lean Techniques and Emphasizing Desired Business Outcomes
  • Scale Organizational Structure (and Trust) Through the Implementation of Self-Organizing and Autonomous Teams
  • Scale Institutional Knowledge by Making the Code, That Is, APIs, Metadata, Program Code, etc., (and Derived Metrics) Key Boundary Objects
  • Summary

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.