Using DevOps and Agile in tandem is often the best approach to streamline development process within a team, department or even an entire company. Merging both theories helps to become more flexible to constant changes in the app development world. Agile Model is flexible to adopt the changing requirements of the client and ensures that the product works in the test environment. But to get to that stage is a long cycle. With DevOps, the working software reaches the production level in a timely and more smooth way.
While agile is more directed towards the creation, assessment, and evaluation of code, the DevOps on the other hand continues to improve the software code and automation practices on a consistent basis. Therefore, one is more confined in the idea of creating a direct approach for testing the code while the other is designed to make sure that everything stays on course regarding the development and delivery of these systems.
When it comes to Agile the developers would require experts every step of the way for software development, testing, and then leverage of systems. However, on the other hand, the DevOps engineers are responsible for designing a particular cycle for consistent delivery and development of software systems.
DevOps majorly focuses on the predictive measures that need to be taken into account when designing the software systems is in question. But the agile methodology stress tests the techniques used by the developers involving observation, adaption, and inspection of such systems. But it maintains a higher level of transparency than DevOps systems.
DevOps will ensure that cost-effective measures are taken into account for the sake of saving time and revenue that can then be spent elsewhere where it is needed the most. But Agile is more bent on reducing the wastage of the materials and technology to be used in non-productive actions. Agile Methodology involves a continuous iteration of development and testing in the SDLC process. This software development method emphasizes iterative, incremental, and evolutionary development.
The agile development process breaks the product into smaller pieces and integrates them for final testing. It can be implemented in many ways, including scrum, kanban, scrum, XP, etc.
Agile development started mainly to solve some of the problems that organizations faced using traditional development methodologies. Agile development, characterized by shorter sprints and frequent testing, puts greater focus on collaboration between teams, frequent releases, and takes a more streamlined approach to software development. The rise of Agile solved the communication problems between product management and the ‘business side of operations. In Agile development, there is a great focus on customer collaboration and the development team. However, the development team and operations teamwork in complete isolation from one another. The Product Owners focus on the product features and the customer and they don’t necessarily worry about the operations side believing that the ‘product should just work’.
Since there are continuous releases of software versions, the interface between development and operations gets increasingly stressed leading to the rise of more bottlenecks. Further, the shift towards a more service-oriented world demands a greater collaboration between development and operations staff throughout the development lifecycle in a SaaS environment. DevOps aims to take the principles of the agile methodology beyond the boundaries of the code and incorporates it into the entire delivered service.
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