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Developing a DevOps Transformation Roadmap

by : OpSourced Support Team
January 19, 2023

A DevOps roadmap is a software development plan that covers the entire DevOps lifecycle. In action, it’s a plan of the means and methods to meet an organization’s DevOps objectives and goals.

A DevOps transformation plan is a valuable tool because it becomes an exhaustive guide to planning the transformation process. Using a transformation roadmap ensures that the entire DevOps team is on the same page with managing priorities and timelines.

Since 2006, OpSourced has worked with hundreds of businesses to improve their DevOps systems and processes. We offer a variety of outsourcing options that can be customized to fit your needs. Through our DevOps Consulting Package, we can help you create a DevOps transformation roadmap specifically for your business.

Contact us today today to learn more about how OpSourced can help transform your business.

DevOps Transformation Steps

There are some general steps that are important to follow in creating a DevOps transformation roadmap. If you work with OpSourced to outsource the creation of your transformation roadmap, our team will handle these steps with your input and guide you through creating the right DevOps solution for your business.

Identify Your Needs
The first step in creating a roadmap is to evaluate your current operations and identify your goals and needs. In order to create achievable goals for your DevOps adoption or transformation, it’s important to have an in-depth understanding of your current processes and how they affect your business. Many businesses aren’t clear on their needs, so our process starts with a discussion about your business goals and analyzing your current systems.

Make a Plan
Business objectives should drive your DevOps transformation plans. It’s important to pay attention to factors that will impact your entire system and the influences those will have on your business goals.

When creating goals for your plan, you should focus on medium- and short-term business goals. These are best to include because they’re achievable and help you work through the roadmap. As you create your DevOps transformation plan, you can use these business goals to plan stages of progressive improvements for implementation.

Create a Team
Before you can implement your transformation roadmap, you need a DevOps team to execute your plans. Your team should comprise experienced individuals capable of successfully transforming your DevOps.

Putting a team together by yourself can be a complicated task, especially if you’re unfamiliar with DevOps and aren’t sure what kinds of experts you should be looking for. By outsourcing your DevOps transformation roadmap to a trusted and reliable company like OpSourced, you avoid having to put together a DevOps team yourself.

Choose the Appropriate Tools
Using the correct tools to create your transformation is a crucial step. You should select tools that meet your needs and are compatible with your current system and workflows. Its also helpful to evaluate your current tooling to ensure they’re the right tool, rather than the tool we know how to use. and that can meet your needs. If this isn’t done correctly, you could run into issues with things not working properly, limiting productivity & scalability, or not functioning to the level that you need.

Prioritize Short-Term Goals
Prioritizing shorter-term goals allows you to deploy important projects quickly. Using short-term goals allows you to focus on different tasks at a time and creates more flexibility in executing and implementing your plan. This is a great way to start your transformation and see results quickly.

Automate Your Infrastructure
Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) automate your infrastructure and help ensure that your business maintains operations to meet changing needs while conserving the same quality. Infrastructure automation can be integrated with CI/CD approaches to address deployment-related issues.

Common Problems & How We Avoid Them

There are a variety of common problems that can arise when creating and implementing a DevOps transformation roadmap. Through our many years of experience, we have fine-tuned our roadmap creation and integration process to avoid these easy-to-make issues.

Failure to Communicate
A common problem while working on a roadmap is the lack of communication between key stakeholders. This could present itself in various ways. The most common thing we’ve seen is team members not being on the same page about the roadmap. Other communication issues commonly arise when it comes to priorities and action items.

OpSourced strives to avoid these issues by creating a plan that allows for constant communication on the project to address problems or changes as they may arrive. An important part of our process is communicating about business goals and needs before we begin to avoid miscommunications before they start.

Before we begin working on your roadmap, we create a shared Slack channel so our engineers can coordinate with your team in real time. Using a Slack channel allows you to get updates on your project as they happen. This also gives you easier access to communicate with our engineers so you can start getting in touch about changing or shifting your needs or goals as soon as they change.

Lack of Clarity in Prioritizing Goals
This is another common issue we see within DevOps teams. Different people may have different opinions on goal priorities, which can cause confusion and disrupt the smooth implementation of the roadmap.

When it comes to goal setting on your projects, we completely hand that over to you. All goals and prioritizations are based on what you think is best for your business. We can help guide you through understanding the impact of different decisions and provide the expert information you need to make the right decisions for your goals.

Get Started With your DevOps Transformation Roadmap

Creating a roadmap is a good move for a business because it clearly outlines your goals and plans with actionable steps to reach those goals. It’s also a great way to ensure that your entire team knows your current objectives and where you are in achieving them.

Outsourcing the creation and implementation of your DevOps transformation roadmap is a great way to save you time and money. Not only do you avoid the stress of hiring an entire team individually, but you also get to work with a team of reliable DevOps engineers that have experience working together to create and execute roadmaps.

Working with OpSourced gives you the experience and personal care of working with an engineer as a full-time employee without the stress of hiring an entire team. We have over 15 years of experience and can work on DevOps projects of all shapes and sizes with any tech stack or hosting preference. Contact us today to start your DevOps transformation roadmap journey.

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