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DevOps Myths! Are these true?

Irrespective of many DevOps myths around the market, it is still deployed to achieve effective decision making. DevOps definition may vary from company to company, thus results in a different way of implementation. DevOps tends to improve the speed and quality of the software delivery process with agile technology, but it may not work in the same way. DevOps results are significant when it is appropriately implemented and can improve the working within the organization.

But before we implement it, we need to understand what it means to the organization and how we want it to impact our work. So we have to consider and understand the myths that are revolving around the market. We have discussed a few of them in detail.

Myth 1- DevOps is a replacement for Agile.
It is not entirely true that DevOps is a replacement, but it is more a successor to Agile that has overcome some of the hindrances using Agile. With time, Agile has been evolved and grown with some of the challenges, which later on optimized with DevOps. Agile lacks communications among different team members working on various project stages resolved by DevOps and saves the team morale without any blame game. Unlike Agile, a DevOps service engineer will perform activities from developing to deploying code into production.

Myth 2- DevOps implementation may vary from project to project
Though every project has different requirements and demands from the coding, testing, and deployment perspective, so DevOps practice must be flexible so that every team can adapt accordingly. If you have the proper understanding of the DevOps procedure, only you will be able to implement it efficiently based on different project needs. But the working process will be the same if you are implementing DevOps as the procedure are standard.

Myth 3- DevOps deals with automated tools
DevOps is an approach that provides you with a different way to deploy and manage your applications and project. DevOps comes with many practices like collaboration, CI/CD, and continuous testing, which need to be understood for implementation. Well, the DevOps procedure can be implemented using various tools like JIRA, Git Hub, Chef, Puppet, and many more. But you will be able to perform the DevOps process efficiently when you know how to leverage and optimize these tools. So, DevOps is all about methodology and standard procedures that need to be followed irrespective of the provided toolset.

Myth 4- Error rates tend to raise using DevOps
Well, DevOps is an approach where you follow procedures to get immediate feedback about your application code. This will intend to discover more errors than before to make the application completely error-free. This will, in turn, log several mistakes than before, which is obvious. Many organizations feel using DevOps raising the level of accounted errors without even realizing that the mistakes have always been there. Still, with the DevOps approach, errors are now coming up to the surface more clearly. In this way, you will get the learning and a way to remove all possible errors.

Myth 5- Automation will overcome all hindrances.
DevOps offers you benefits like automating the deployment process, but it will not completely solve all the problems. Automating the continuous integration and deployment process will be efficient to some extent as it is applicable for one or two stages of the software delivery process. DevOps process requires team collaboration; otherwise, automating the process at one stage will move all the bottlenecks to another stage.

Myth 6- DevOps means NoOps
It is a myth that DevOps has nothing to do with IT operations. It is because mostly DevOps is more dedicated to deploy codes and maintain service levels. But, we cannot say that the development part is overpowering IT operational services. If we want to leverage DevOps completely to get instant feedback, speed, and quality, IT operations have a significant role in implementing it. There is also a great dependency of DevOps on IT services to get the work done in lead time.

Myth 7- DevOps is not suitable for large and complex systems.
Working with a complex system requires team collaboration on a large scale to get the work done efficiently. DevOps comes with the benefit of collaborating, integrating, and integration features, making it suitable for large projects. However, the complex system has various demands of software and hardware pertaining to different delivery cycles, which is also handled by DevOps with excellent coordination.

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Brian Richardson

I guess a few comments. It's not always entirely clear what you are presenting as the myth, so I'll just add a few of my personal observations.

  1. DevOps and Project work are separate things. You can apply an Agile approach to project work and use a DevOps workflow for, well, daily operations. So DevOps does not really succeed Agile, nor does it replace it.
  2. Rising error rates when implementing DevOps should come back down over time as the process starts eliminating errors and improves code quality at submission.
  3. Automation may not overcome all hindrances, but you won't implement DevOps in a large and complex system without it. We release 2-3 times per week, and a manual release would literally take hours.
  4. DevOps implemenation has been standardized in our organization and the fundamentals are followed for all projects.