Many teams need different tools across a variety of vendors for their work and meet a particular objective. Buchanan, DevOps expert, in a webinar discussed how integrated DevOps toolchain and its importance to the customers. He introduced the main DevOps practices that need to be considered while the ongoing journey of DevOps. Here presented some practices to keep while doing DevOps.
- Agile Testing
Fundamentally, testing is done by the QA team at the end of the project. Shifting with agile and DevOps, teams will incorporate testing during the whole development process that will result in quick bug detection and reduction in lead times. Ways to incorporate testing for the development process are as follows:
Value of testing During Development. That means we have to include testing in our strategic plan and stakeholder will see what will be going on at each testing level. This saves the analysis failure detection time.
Centralized reporting having details and a broad view. Build the reporting that will be accessible by all team members including CTO and product managers.
Security is the main concern of many organizations. Shift to DevOps and agile will make it hard for keeping traditional security practices. This shift will lead to team members adopting security earlier in the development process. With this approach, teams face fewer security issues, which will in return save time and resources. Some DevSecOps practices need to adopt while building the game:
Think Beyond. There is a need for the right tools for DevSecOps along with the shift in the mindset. The right mindset will enable in maximize the value of the tools in the planning and development process.
Buy-in stakeholder. Adoption of DevSecOps becomes easier for team buy-in. This leads the benefits of security into the specific development activity.
- Flagging Feature
Teams will face risks in the platform functionality and user experience when more than one release is combined. These risks can be reduced with the feature of flagging i.e. decision points in the code. This enhanced the deployment frequency and failure reduction. Here are some pro-tips for flagging:
Make it a part of the feature design. Plan for the particular piece of the idea for a user interface that will be turned on or off like ‘if’ statements.
Standardization of Naming. Standardizing your labeling system will let you access features easier and quickly especially in an emergency.
Review flag regularly. Once a feature is turned on for the users, you need to remove the if statements from the feature flag. There will be a need to look over the flags timely basis for avoiding flags remained on or off.