Agile and DevOps: The New Face of Project Management

by iFour Technolab Pvt. Ltd. / Friday ,16th June 2017 / Published in Technology
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Technological advancements have been transforming the IT industry. The growing complexity of technology and IT requires companies’ project management to evolve alongside business and processes. Client satisfaction is the key to success of any organization. Automation and innovation are increasing the clients’ expectations. Today, clients prefer productive ways over traditional methods and hence, software development companies are shifting towards agile project management.

The operations team acts as an interface between the organization and the end user. The operations team has to be efficient from the standpoint of releasing the executable to production quickly, and knowledgeable to understand user queries and provide the right response. Usually, the functional requirements are given more priority over deployment and support requirements. This often leads to difficulties during deployment and production support.

In an agile project management lifecycle, the development team produces a deliverable at the end of every sprint. On the release date, if the operations team is not prepared for integration, there will be delays. DevOps is a combination of ‘Development’ and ‘Operations’ under which the business teams, development teams, and the operations team collaborate on an iterative and incremental basis to make sure that IT solutions are available to clients or customers on time.

Agile and DevOps enable the clients to realize benefits of faster delivery of functionality. The operations team should provide the necessary inputs to the development team from the start of development phase till the completion, in order for them to build and validate their requirements. They complement each other well by addressing the people, process, and tools, as well as the technology dimensions needed to secure this collaboration and sync up the different stakeholders to move completed functionality to production faster and at shorter intervals. The potential benefits of agile and DevOps are:

Early detection of errors and faster delivery - An experienced agile and DevOps team provide a platform where development and operations team work hand in hand for continuous integration, active stakeholder management, automated testing and configuration, and change management to achieve quick release to the client or customer.

Facilitates collaboration among development and operation teams - Integrating agile and DevOps into IT organizational structure using a team-based approach and continued project management to attain more flexibility and deliver software and services by reducing the latency time.

Greater transparency and visibility of processes - The new project management practice reduces the complexity of the project activities, enhances business growth and efficiency by transforming the business processes and encourages the IT organizations to leverage the latest technologies.

Shorter time to market - Continuous engagement and collaboration between the development team and the operation team help the business and release teams plan the annual release calendar. They get to know which functionality will be coming out when and the support team would be able to move completed functionality to production faster thereby shorter time to market is realized.

The continuous iterative and incremental development and delivery cycle of agile and DevOps have increased the speed of code deployment, keeping the deliverables on time and under budget. With increasing complexity in today’s world, agile and DevOps accelerate software delivery and business innovation using project management best practices and processes with the aim of continuous delivery. They change the way technical teams and management work together. They make the software development teams self-organized and determine a right direction to fulfill their project pipelines, provide value to their customers, and help the organizations achieve success. They help the software development companies meet client needs by delivering quick services and solutions with minimal costs.

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