The key to a successful business is to work smarter, not harder. Collaboration, innovation, and speed are all vital in order to meet your business goals and achieve maximum efficiency. DevOps combines software development with IT operations in order to allow different teams to work together to meet common goals. With the use of a DevOps strategy, the development and operations teams in your company can shorten the systems development life cycle and ensure customer satisfaction.

DevOps is the outcome of applying the most trusted principles from the domain of physical manufacturing and leadership to the IT value stream. DevOps relies on bodies of knowledge from Lean, Theory of Constraints, the Toyota Production System, resilience engineering, learning organisations, safety culture, human factors, and many others. Other valuable contexts that DevOps draws from include high-trust management cultures, servant leadership, and organisational change management. The result is world-class quality, reliability, stability, and security at ever lower cost and effort; and accelerated flow and reliability throughout the technology value stream, including Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Infosec.” – G.Kim, J.Humble, P.Debois, J. Willis. The DevOps Handbook.

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In the following chapter, we will give you some concrete examples of how DevOps can help you and how it’s designed to increase an organisation’s ability to deliver faster procedures.

Katas and DevOps — the perfect match

It is well-known how to measure DevOps maturity, e.g. with the KPIs identified by DORA’s State of DevOps report.

But how do we get better at these key metrics?

One good way is taking small improvement steps with katas. Katas come from martial arts and have been brought to the public by Toyota with their improvement katas, using them as repeating routines to improve, adapt and evolve how they work.

Where do katas fit in our real software projects? Let’s take for example the situation where the lead time of a team is insufficient, e.g. taking 30 days on average to deliver an idea to a customer. One significant part of it is the code review phase. The team uses pull requests for code reviews, and the average pull request merge duration is 5 days.

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With katas, you can continuously improve the pull request turnaround. Some examples of katas would be targeting faster reviews or creating smaller pull requests that are easier to review, etc.

As we conclude that katas are a vital part of the continuous improvement on the DevOps path, it therefore plays a key role in our new product DevSensei.io.

Introducing DevSensei.io: Guiding You On Your DevOps Journey

While DevOps can work wonders for your business, it can be difficult to make sense of these metrics and use them to improve your business. That’s where DevSensei comes in. Just as a sensei instructs you in the intricate movements of martial arts, DevSensei acts as your guide through your DevOps journey.

You may have heard about the benefits of a DevOps strategy in regulating workflow and maximising efficiency. But if you find yourself confused by these metrics and wondering how to actually use this information to improve your business, you’re not alone. DevSensei is an easy-to-use product that, step-by-step, guides you through your DevOps journey to a more organised workflow.

What DevSensei Can Do For You

You first need to know what your DevOps metrics are in order to determine what improvements you’d like to make. Is your lead time high or are you lagging? What’s your release frequency? DevSensei can help you identify weak spots so that you can define areas of improvement.

Once you’ve nailed down where you need to improve, you can set team goals for each team member to work on. You can activate goals that help better organise your workflow such as decreasing the issue duration or reducing slow build times.

It’s easy to set a goal for yourself, but achieving that goal can be a daunting task when taken on its own. DevSensei breaks your team goals down into actionable units called katas that help make your goals more achievable. By breaking one large task into smaller tasks, you can incrementally chip away at your goals each day in order to achieve them by a set date.

Offer Guidance

If you’re not moving forward, you’re sinking. Continuous improvement is the lifeblood of any thriving business, which is why DevSensei offers you guidance to make sure you’re always moving forward. From the building and planning stages to the deploying and operating stages, DevSensei offers you continuous feedback and integration to make sure that your collaboration and communication are at their best.

You don’t need to have the experience with DevOps to start using DevSensei. Let DevSensei take the reins and help you make the most of what DevOps has to offer. Our dynamic and user-friendly features will make DevOps metrics more approachable and help you to track and optimise your goals so that your business can grow.