Many organizations are eager to employ DevOps to shorten the time between application development and production, but often they aren’t sure how to start. A useful analogy would be a group of people who have watched soccer on TV but never actually played it. Imagine gathering those people together and saying, “Now you’re a soccer team. Go play a match!”
Would they be able to figure out how to play effectively? Or would they be better off hiring a coach, who could teach them the moves and strategies to progress down the field and score goals?
IT teams adopting DevOps face a similar challenge; they’re being asked to play a new game. This is especially true with DevOps, because it isn’t a tool but rather a set of behaviors and processes — essentially, a culture, as our colleagues Rachel Arey and Mitch Krombach often point out on the podcast Simplifying DevOps (Mark appears in the Automation episode).
Getting people to change their behavior isn’t easy. A partner can be a valuable ally, providing insight and guidance as organizations make their way toward their goals.