Gartner Research

Extending Agile With DevOps to Enable Continuous Delivery

Published: 18 May 2018

ID: G00345377

Analyst(s): Bill Holz , Gregg Siegfried


DevOps helps development teams increase the value, quality and frequency of application updates. Technical professionals in application development and operations engineering roles must extend agile practices to deployment, environment configuration, monitoring and maintenance tasks to adopt DevOps.

Table Of Contents


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


  • Identify Candidate Applications
  • Evaluate the Benefits of a DevOps Strategy for Your Team
  • Integrate Operations Staff Into Agile Cross-Functional Teams
  • Leverage Communities of Practice for Knowledge Sharing
  • Address Nonfunctional Requirements as Part of the Development Process
  • Evaluate Security Needs and Implement if Required
  • Place Configurations Under Version Control
  • Provide Self-Service Provisioning Solutions
  • Automate Whenever Possible
  • Enforce Development Toolchain Parity With Production
  • Monitor Everything
  • Reassess the Role of Change Management

The Details

  • Sample Set of DevOps Tools

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