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Extending Agile With DevOps to Enable Continuous Delivery

Published: 29 April 2016

ID: G00297128

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick , Bill Holz


DevOps helps development teams increase the frequency of application updates. Agile adoption traditionally omits operations, obstructing the delivery cadence. DevOps removes this obstruction by applying agile values to the deployment, environment configuration, monitoring and maintenance tasks.

Table Of Contents


  • Defining DevOps
  • Repairing the Cultural Schism
    • Overcome the Organizational and Cultural Challenges
  • Perfecting DevOps Practices
    • Automate Everything
    • Implement Configuration as Code
    • Use Production Toolchains for Development
    • Treat Monitoring as a Testing Tool
    • Drive Continuous Improvement
  • Adopting DevOps in a Less-Than-Agile Environment
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Evaluate the Benefits of a DevOps Strategy for Your Team
  • Integrate Operations Staff Into Agile Cross-Functional Teams
  • Address Nonfunctional Requirements as Part of the Development Process
  • Place Configurations Under Version Control
  • Consider Self-Service Provisioning Solutions
  • Automate Whenever Possible
  • Enforce Development Toolchain Parity With Production
  • Monitor Everything

The Details

  • DevOps-Ready Tools
  • DevOps-Enabled Tools
  • DevOps-Capable Tools

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