Decide Whether DevOps, Agile, or Lean Is Right for Your Enterprise

    October 18, 2016

    By Luis Colon

    Whether your company chooses to implement DevOps, Agile, or Lean methodologies, it takes dedication, patience, and the right software to speed up development and deployment times.

    In recent years, three development methodologies — DevOps, Agile, and Lean — have all set out to speed up the development process and reduce IT inefficiency. For many IT and business leaders, it can still be difficult to distinguish between the three and determine which of them would be best to implement. Since proper scaling of DevOps and other methodologies requires a clear explanation of purpose, this confusion can lead to lost profits and frustrated employees.

    For that reason, we’ve set out to differentiate between these three methodologies below. We’ve also included advice to help you get the most out of whichever methodology you choose to implement. After all, DevOps, Agile, and Lean are just sets of best practices — companies still need to use them with precision and forethought.

    Determining the Best Methodology for Your Company

    As we’ve written in the past, there remain certain fundamental misconceptions about the nature of DevOps. While some consider the primary project of DevOps to be fostering SysAdmin and developer integration, in reality, the system is concerned with holistically automating the application development process to eliminate waste and increase deployment speeds. DevOps implementation targets customer-facing processes, interdepartmental relations, and system requirements (SRs) such as documentation and analytics.

    In contrast, Agile works to increase software development efficiency in a more targeted manner.  Let’s look at the two primary Agile methodologies: Scrum and Kanban. Scrum functions to limit time spent on individual tasks, while Kanban limits the amount of stories in development at any one time. Both increase development speeds without comprehensively overhauling workflow.

    Lastly, Lean Startup can be thought of as the foundation of Agile. Lean helps business look at pre-existing processes and identify points of inefficiency that Agile can help clean up.

    As DevOps, Agile, and Lean are different methodologies, they have their respective pros and cons. DevOps promises the most complete trimming down of procedural inefficiency, but it also requires the largest investment of time, energy, and money. Many management teams or departments may resist DevOps unless its benefits are clearly proven. On the other hand, Lean and Agile require less initial investment, but they also aren’t as easy to scale.

    Remember: it may be best to implement two or even all three of these processes. When you do, you should make sure to proceed with the proper software. Regardless of which framework you choose, TeamQuest software can help you speed up development and deployment times.

    Getting the Most out of Any Development Methodology

    When your business is attempting to increase efficiency, any under-provisioning of resources can have disastrous effects, forcing development and deployment to grind to a halt. For that reason, we recommend a capacity planning platform like Vityl Adviser. Adviser anticipates future workload, so your business always invests resources equitably and efficiently.

    Additionally, a business value dashboard like Vityl Dashboard can help IT leaders demonstrate the value of DevOps, Agile, and Lean. Implementing any of these processes shouldn’t be a guessing game: a BVD can ensure that you know exactly how your budget translates into ROI. Just as importantly, it presents efficiency metrics in the simple language of business value, so top management will remain informed and confident.

    DevOps, Agile, and Lean can all help to speed to development and deployment, and with the right software, they can do so with little risk to the company’s budget.

    Category: devops