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Extend Agile With DevOps for Continuous Delivery

Published: 17 January 2020

ID: G00385600

Analyst(s): Bill Holz , Gregg Siegfried


Product teams doing DevOps increase the value, quality and frequency of application updates. Technical professionals focusing on DevOps achieve continuous delivery by extending agile practices to deployment, environment configuration, monitoring and support activities.

Table Of Contents


  • Defining DevOps
  • Repairing the Cultural Schism
    • Overcome the Organizational and Cultural Challenges
  • Perfecting DevOps Practices
    • Automate Everything
    • Implement Comprehensive Configuration Management
    • Develop a Common Toolchain
    • Incorporate Application Security Testing (AST)
    • Treat Monitoring as a Testing Tool
    • Drive Continuous Improvement
  • Adopting DevOps in a Less-Than-Agile Environment
    • Implementing DevOps for Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Applications
  • 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

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