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Embrace DevOps to ship faster and better products

"Deployment celebrations should be about the value of the new features, not joyful relief that nothing went wrong."


This is a funny quote from Rebecca Parson from ThoughtsWorks. But how do you get there? Think about your team of software engineers, and the last time you deployed the change, is that how it happened?

The main goal of DevOps is to improve the speed and the quality of the software releases. On the operations side, the rise of cloud-based technologies has opened the door to lots of new possibilities and automation.

So here are the 3 core pillars to kickstart your DevOps journey.

Build a team culture

Our first on is to build a team culture. You really need to bring everyone on board with the concept of automation and testing. If you're just starting, I recommend you don't TELL them, but SHOW them. You can implement a quick proof of concept for one small part of the process that you're currently doing manually, and show everyone how it reduces risk, improve the speed and the quality.

Embrace continual improvements

The second one is to embrace processes and this notion of continual improvement, because it needs to start with a good definition of what needs to be built and take that all the way back to the user research and the UX process. It's really a continual loop of learning, building, deploying, testing, and learning again.

Pick the right tools

And thirdly, it's to pick the right tools. There are literally hundreds of them. So we recommend you pick the tools that work well with each other and that your existing team can understand and support.


So embracing DevOps is going to be a long journey. There is plenty of work and there's always something to improve, to optimise, to upgrade.

But trust me, it's going to be really be worth it.

If you have some ideas, but get stuck with implementation, or if you need help with the strategy and convince your stakeholders, just get in touch. Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Twitter to keep learning with me and grow your career in digital.

Until next time, stay safe and see you soon.


Where does this "UX CTO" come from?

It's my unique blend of thinking about User Experience via my Web Development background and CTO career in an agency.
I am on a mission to help all Techies become better at their job by applying UX principles and embracing processes to grow into leaders.

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