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8/7/2016
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8 Ways To Fail At DevOps

There are plenty of places in the DevOps process where an organization can run aground on rocky shoals of woe. Here, we highlight eight points of DevOps failure. Hint: None of these involve technology.
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Ignore Compliance And Auditing

When you're putting together the list of functions and departments to include in DevOps planning, it's easy to keep a laser focus on groups inside development and in the operational side of the data center. That's understandable from a 'let's keep the scope reasonable' standpoint. But such laser focus can come back to burn a hole through your carefully created plans when it comes time for compliance auditing.

By now, we should all have learned critical lessons about compliance. Chief among these is to never assume something we build is going to be compliant simply because it has worked for someone in another organization. 

It's far better to get your compliance and auditing groups involved early. Ask questions about whether they've seen this sort of process and this kind of technology. Ask the compliance folks about red flags they see. Ask the auditors whether something you're planning will get in the way of a successful audit. By doing so, you'll find a verdict of success is much easier to come by in the end.

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Ignore Compliance And Auditing

When you're putting together the list of functions and departments to include in DevOps planning, it's easy to keep a laser focus on groups inside development and in the operational side of the data center. That's understandable from a "let's keep the scope reasonable" standpoint. But such laser focus can come back to burn a hole through your carefully created plans when it comes time for compliance auditing.

By now, we should all have learned critical lessons about compliance. Chief among these is to never assume something we build is going to be compliant simply because it has worked for someone in another organization.

It's far better to get your compliance and auditing groups involved early. Ask questions about whether they've seen this sort of process and this kind of technology. Ask the compliance folks about red flags they see. Ask the auditors whether something you're planning will get in the way of a successful audit. By doing so, you'll find a verdict of success is much easier to come by in the end.

(Image: geralt via Pixabay)

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8/11/2016 | 7:06:43 PM
Excellent Article - What about leadership alignment and incentives for DevOps transformation "fails"?
Hi Curtis. Love your article. I relate to every one of the failure modes. You are dead on ! I am curious if you have seen DevOps transformation "failures" related to lack of sufficient leadership alignment around DevOps and lack of appropriate incentives that encourage end-to-end team collaboration? Sincerely, Marc Hornbeek, Principal Consultant - DevOps, Trace3
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