How DevOps and Agile Promote Speed to Market
By: Nikki Dent
In today’s fast-paced world, getting your latest app or website out to market quickly is crucial for business. Traditional software development practices, with long planning cycles and slow time-to-market approaches, can directly impact the bottom line or hurt adoption in the long run. Employing DevOps and Agile practices on your development team, or working with a partner who does, can get your new technology in front of customers faster than other methodologies.
Working with both Agile and DevOps principles simultaneously is easy accomplished as the goals and methods of both are similar. Both methods are about creating cross-functional project teams to speed up the development lifecycle. They also both focus on small, frequent changes in the software that ultimately bring value to the end consumer. With smaller changes, each is more easily corrected if bugs occur and risk of a major issue is reduced.
The DevOps Efficiency
DevOps specifically aims at combining development and operations teams for better efficiency. When these teams work together, problems can be quickly addressed as they occur. Combined workflows also reduce inefficiencies like repeated hand offs between teams. DevOps biggest promoter of speed however is its concept of continuous deployments. In this type of system, code is built ready to go and, once complete, is directly uploaded to a staging environment where it can be signed off on and pushed to production quickly and easily.
Agile’s MVP Mindset
Agile practices help to further increase speed to market by keeping your project clearly outlined and moving on its way to production. One helpful Agile principle is the idea of MVP development. MVP here stands for minimal viable product. The idea is that along with the product owner, the team will assess which desired features are needed for the launch of the solution and which features can be added later. This way the development focuses on the core concepts first, allowing the product to go to market with the essentials and continue to grow after it’s live. Some companies claim to practice Agile, but they ignore the MVP aspect, which can actually stretch timelines—it’s a critical component!
Agile also promotes the use of communication to get products to the finish line quickly. Project teams are small and can quickly and easily collaborate. Additionally, they meet daily, often with the product owner, to touch base on the project status and to talk through any impediments. Following an Agile methodology also incorporates many measures that build quality into the development so at the end of every Agile sprint there is work ready to be released. These quality checks include unit testing, pair programming, and test-driven development.
User Feedback Is Key
At the root of both Agile and DevOps methodologies is the belief that user feedback is more valuable than research. Getting to market quickly lets you get the solution in the hands of real users. Then you can add, subtract, or rework the technology to better align with the feedback you receive. With combined teams that follow these methods, you’ll be in great shape to respond to the feedback you receive with speed and precision.
Aptera puts both of these methodologies to work everyday in our development and use them to guide how we run projects. Learn more about working with us on your next custom software project or about having our talented trainers teach DevOps to your development team on our website.
About Nikki Dent
Nikki is a technical copywriter for Aptera. With a bachelor’s degree in writing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., she has been honing her craft of marketing copywriting for the past six years. In her role at Aptera, Nikki enjoys learning and writing about the technology and strategy at work across the company.