DevOps — scale up quickly, effectively and efficiently and avoid pitfalls

Scaling up DevOps — the most common pitfalls

Waiting too late to re-evaluate your DevOps approach

Instead, DevOps engineers and managers need to empower development teams, so they can manage more of their own DevOps tasks.

Mismanaging silos

Every development team gets their own resource

How to avoid these and other pitfalls

Handling DevOps silos

Think “Guardrails” not “Gates.” In other words, allow your development teams to do what they need to do using guardrails to keep them going in the right direction and on track, rather than slowing them down with gates.

The Spotify Squad framework

Establishing guilds or chapters is a good way to build teams and to share knowledge and best practice.

Working effectively beyond the pilot phase

Light touch change management

Centralising monitoring is fine but put the development team in charge of their own metrics

Make security integral from the start

Security is not an add on — it should be front of mind for every engineer in the tech stack.

Key points

  • Move early — anticipate your scaling needs in advance and prepare for them.
  • Make scale a culture not a role — establish a tooling team that can empower others by providing them with the right tools rather than doing the work for them.
  • Guardrails not gates — allow your development teams to do what they need to do using guardrails to keep them going in the right direction rather than slowing them down with gates.
  • Work with your Ops teams not against them — in order to scale ensure that your Ops teams are fully onboard and are seen as colleagues and not competitors.

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