A lot has been written and talked about Devops in 2018, less has been discussed about leadership goals and transformational strategies of being operational or development manager and how the paradigm is shifting for leaders & managers to adopt in the new role which embraces next generation cultural, process & technology trends

2018, in the rear view 

Practices like Agile & DevOps along with technology opportunities are key to transformation journey for all businesses. Agile Team get things done fast and first. DevOps has come a long way in 2018, today it does not deal with an identity crisis, DevOps can coexist with agile & scrum. DevOps introduces cultural integration of development and operational silos and bring agility in operations hand in hand with development. Many organisations started to adopt the delivery engine mapped to organically reduce the cultural debt, but more is needed to lead the cultural shift at scale and making it a never ending practice.

So what are the priorities for next generation managers & leaders to achieve a perfect alignment with business objective? How are the current leadership practices evolving to keep pace with fundamental shift on how products and services are delivered to its maximum value. We enter into 2019 with some reflections and also a question how does a manager role change in agile & DevOps world?

2019, is powerful

First and foremost role of the leader is critical in building DevOps strategy & organisational roadmap which compliment the evolution of product & services through capitalising the available talent. There is very good material available already which emphasizes how to build DevOps culture. It is important Common set of goals to be established in team not as individuals to support strategic projects which are prioritised based on the business outcome. Cross skilling and up skilling to be top on the agenda to build cross functional teams. The performance of the individual to be assessed how efficiently individual find ways to organise themselves around the need of the team.

Secondly, assess your distributed delivery or outsourcing model, based on the strategy and vision. Do not create silos of distributed talent pool for delivery of products and services. Evaluate based on the need of collaboration and interoperability, setup your organisational transformation objectives accordingly.

Third, breaking down cultural divide lead to better integration not only with respect to ways of working but also infrastructure, tools and services stack which are critical for business.Setup strategies for agile platform, tools and infrastructure in development & operations which facilitate top down integration of investment with DevOps in strategic areas. Engage relevant stakeholders in decision making 

Lastly and most important, stakeholder onboarding for DevOps agenda by bringing empirical data about the benefits of adopting DevOps practices. Don’t let DevOps & Agile practices get corrupted, work on insights & metrics through a proper framework.