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CAUTION: Mixing Agile and DevOps May Cause Sudden Business Acceleration

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The power of partnerships to accelerate innovation has endured through the decades. Just think of Pierre and Marie Curie, or Francis Crick and James Watson. Are agile and DevOps the next big duo?

While companies that use agile by itself, or DevOps by itself, see improvement in factors such as speed to market, research conducted by Coleman Parkes with 1,770 senior IT and business executives in 21 countries and 10 vertical sectors, May–June 2016, shows that organizations that add DevOps to an agile environment see even greater results.

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CAUTION: Mixing Agile and DevOps May Cause Sudden Business Acceleration

  1. 1. CAUTION: Mixing Agile and DevOps May Cause Sudden Business Acceleration
  2. 2. The power of partnerships to accelerate innovation has endured through the decades … Pierre Curie and Marie Curie Francis Crick and James Watson Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace Are agile and DevOps next?
  3. 3. Collaboration makes for stronger results. Pierre Curie, before meeting Marie, had done ground-breaking research on crystals and electricity. At the age of 21, Pierre and his brother Jacques demonstrated the piezoelectric properties of crystals, the basis of almost all modern electric circuits. Among his many solo discoveries was that substances lose their ferromagnetic behavior above a certain temperature. This “Curie Point” is used in studying plate tectonics, treating hypothermia, measuring caffeine, and understanding extraterrestrial magnetic fields. But it was Marie’s inspiration to study uranium that led to Pierre and Marie winning the Nobel Prize in Physics.
  4. 4. The best things work in pairs. Even DNA strands. Francis Crick and James Watson combined theory, modeling, and the results of Rosalind Franklin’s careful research to create the now-famous double-helix structure of DNA. Crick has stated that he would never have found the structure of DNA by himself without the opportunity to collaborate with Watson.
  5. 5. Agile and DevOps practices are both making digital transformation possible. 82% of IT and business executives agree that agile and DevOps methodologies are critical to successful digital transformation strategies. Research conducted by Coleman Parkes with 1,770 senior IT and business executives in 21 countries and 10 vertical sectors, May– June 2016.
  6. 6. Companies are seeing strong results in using agile development by itself … A recent survey showed that using agile led to: • A 36% improvement in time-to-decision (the time to act on new opportunities) • A 27% improvement in speed-to-market (the time to develop, test, and release new apps) Small wonder that 88% of the respondents to the survey have implemented agile in their organizations, though only 30% can be considered advanced users who have scaled it beyond development.
  7. 7. … and DevOps, also by itself, speeds and improves the software delivery process. Respondents to the survey saw an average 37% improvement in speed-to-market (the time to develop, test, and release new apps). 87% have implemented DevOps in at least one area of IT, though only 34% can be considered advanced users who have implemented it broadly across all of IT.
  8. 8. More extensive use of DevOps and agile across the company means even greater success. Percent improvement by advanced users: Agile DevOps Speed-to-market 36% 42% Customer satisfaction/NPS 48% 52% New business growth 44% 48% Employee productivity 50% 49% Quality of development/defects 47% 48%
  9. 9. But organizations are now discovering that adding DevOps to an agile environment drives even greater results.Pairing the two leads to an additional: • 41% improvement in operational efficiency • 29% improvement in customer satisfaction/NPS • 63% increase in new business
  10. 10. Great concepts build on each other. Charles Babbage designed (but never built) his Analytical Engine, a mechanical general-purpose computer. Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron and a mathematical genius in her own right, realized that such a machine could do more than simple arithmetic. She suggested an algorithm that would allow the machine to compute Bernoulli numbers, making her the first computer programmer. The same is true of agile and DevOps practices
  11. 11. An action plan to better implement agile and DevOps 1. Use business and customer-focused metrics. 2. Address skills gaps early and pay attention to cultural issues. 3. Be agile everywhere across your company, not just in IT. 4. Eliminate DevOps silos. 5. Don’t compromise security – build it in from the outset. 6. Optimize your investments to address budget constraints. 7. Don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal – to deliver customer value.
  12. 12. To learn more about how to advance in your use of agile and DevOps for better business results, download the report “Accelerating Velocity and Customer Value with Agile and DevOps" at www.ca.com/rewrite. Copyright ©2016 CA. All rights reserved. All trademarks referenced herein belong to their respective companies. Download Now

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