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DevOps Wants You to Change Your Leadership Style

As per Marianne Calder, vice president at Puppet, DevOps is a culture that drives continuous learning, experimentation, and helps in challenging the established ways. A recent survey by DBmaestro reveals that 50% of IT professionals use DevOps in 20% of their projects while 33% are already practicing the concept for half of their projects. For continuous delivery of services, 54% report they have applied it in the application delivery. However, only 36% report to have applied DevOps in database management and 31% have achieved implementing the techniques in infrastructure. In this article at ZDNet, Joe McKendrick discusses why leaders need to change their leadership style to accommodate DevOps culture.

What It Takes to Ride the DevOps Tide

DevOps practitioners develop more than once a week and the number is set to go higher soon. While 23% hope to move products or services from development to production within a day, 41% argue that it would take more than a month. When majority of the organizations are implementing DevOps, 17% have managed to miss the boat. Calder further states that DevOps leaders give teams the right to question established norms, be creative, and learn new skills. Des Nnorchiri, a software designer, gave his two cents about how leaders should implement DevOps culture.

Software Skills

While it is critical to understand the management aspect as a leader, you also need to know a bit of programming and system design to provide solutions to your team’s problems.

Software Architecture

You need to be aware of the software and cloud services your team is working on. Being a DevOps leader also requires understanding software infrastructure like Linux distributions and databases.

Incident Management

When an incident has brought the team’s work to a halt, it is time for you to put on your thinking cap and come out with an excellent security solution.

Clear Communications

A key skill for any leadership, you must be able to communicate clearly what you expect from the team so that the team understands your vision and implements as per the strategy.


Be it a co-located team or a distributed one, you need proper collaboration to make sure everyone is on the same page. For this, you need to identify the right collaboration tools and techniques to enable brainstorming sessions with all the members of the team.

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Indrani Roy

Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.

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