In Development, as with any other process where different people and teams intervene, it usually results in complex interactions and procedures that need to be streamlined. Here's when the DevOps practice, and Atlassian stack, come into the game to establish a smooth development process. Keep reading and find out how these two elements complement each other to boost your way of work.
The software development process it's usually complex, not cheap, and to make it effective, it’s essential to deliver products fast, being flexible enough to adapt to the new market demands, and stay competitive.
The classic development process consists of three separate stages:
Usually, the major problem these teams face is that they are poorly coupled and lack communication. Here is an example with one of the worst-case scenario on how this could happen:
Well, that sounds like a total mess, and the consequences don't stop there, given that the development process might become slower because the tasks between Developers, Testers, and Administrators are transferred from groups to groups and not in a stream.
Because of people looking for a solution to make the development process smoother and looking to keep the flow continuous, DevOps has appeared since 2007 (approx.,). Nowadays, it's still more current than ever because of its unique approach when organizing development teams.
When doing DevOps, it's usually expected that Developers, Testers, and Administrators work in a single stream, given that each team is not responsible for a single stage but the whole stream, like a team. They must work together on the product release, and at the same time, each team has to automate tasks internally so that the code pieces move between stages without delays. In DevOps, responsibility for the outcome (and the process) is shared among the entire team.
To make the DevOps work, you need to establish continuous communication - a pipeline between Developers, Testers, and Administrators; this process requires the automation of tools to help you transfer code more efficiently, test it, and deploy it to servers.
In traditional development, it usually happens that a new software feature is developed for months, then tested for an extra month. If it doesn't work, it takes this process from the beginning, which can take even a year to work on this vicious cycle, and when it's finally released, it turns out that feature was no longer needed. DevOps processes help quickly release software to the market and respond flexibly to changes: errors, competitors' releases, and user requirements.
Within the classic approach, Developers, Testers, and Administrators work on machines with different configurations. Because of this situation, the Tester doesn't find any bugs, and the software does not work on the production server. In addition to this, since a lot is done manually, there's a risk of errors when transferring the code.
Relying on the DevOps development methodology provides a shared environment and configurations for development, testing, and launching; besides, it automates the transfer of the code, reducing the likelihood of bugs or human errors.
Traditionally, development costs are constantly growing due to lengthy programming and testing processes, bugs, rollbacks, and fixes. In addition, many processes are done manually, which spends qualified specialists' precious time on routine.
Effective use of DevOps solves this problem. Development takes fewer hours, and the entire routine is automated - as a result, it requires fewer human resources and more money to invest in other areas that requires it.
When it comes to making the DevOps principles available for a company, the following stages preceded:
For software development teams using continuous integration and delivery, the pipeline belongs to the Developers, also its maintenance; this allows them to control the code delivery to customers. Jira Software can be used to effortlessly manage the entire development process from backlog to customer release.
Since DevOps is inherently a cultural and procedural adaptation of an established process, it's impossible to implement it overnight. Implementing the DevOps methodology depends on the organization's existing IT infrastructure and corporate structure: teams already using cloud infrastructures and Agile methodology are several steps ahead of groups that don't use it. Teams must use Agile frameworks.
When it comes to a basic solution for DevOps methodology, at first, the core Atlassian products are essential to solve this gap:
The Atlassian stack of products makes all DevOps processes go faster, and clear for all teams, resulting in the Devs and Operations teams using the same set of tools, working together to build, test, and release products efficiently. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help implementing Jira within your organization.
This blog is a collaboration with Anastasia Sarana from the Polontech team and the DEISER team.
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