1. Define Your Success CriteriaOrganizations need a firm idea of why they're implementing DevOps and what they hope it will mean for the company. In other words, they need a goal in mind against which they can measure the progress of and propose changes to the transition. Companies can achieve this end by asking development, operations and QA to fill out a questionnaire in which they're given an opportunity to define DevOps, express what privileges they're willing to lose and/or take on as well as propose boundaries that they feel should separate DevOps systems from the rest of the organization.
2. Neglecting to Emphasize the Cultural ShiftImportant as they may be, tools only represent roughly %25 of the change to a complete DevOps model. The majority of the change comes down to a shift in company culture. What makes up the rest are changes to an enterprise's culture. That is, companies must invest in the human side of things to help create channels of communication and collaboration for employees. Only by facilitating greater teamwork can organizations hope to reap the full benefits of the DevOps paradigm.
3. Overlooking Management ConcernsTransitioning to a DevOps model often causes disruptions in the workplace. One such disturbance affects management's organization. Managers can be very cautious with change, since they know errors and failures that occur within the enterprise often fall on their shoulders. In pursuit of accountability, they are therefore prone to support software development processes and other types of systems that involve multiple levels of approval. These procedures aren't efficient, however. Systems with so many authorization levels slow productivity in an increasingly fast-paced world. DevOps seeks to correct this effect by removing needless hurdles, even if that means reorganizing the way management functions. Such changes should not undermine the organization's efforts towards security and compliance, however. Volodymyr Fedak, CEO of IT Svit, clarifies this point in an article for techburst:
...Removing the need for multiple approvals does not mean removing the need for following the security and compliance restrictions. It simply means the DevOps should be responsible for the consequences of their actions and have the power to correct errors if all hell breaks loose.While preserving security and compliance, it's crucial for organizations to be transparent with managers as the transition process unfurls. That includes clearly articulating where managers are going under the new model and why. It also means creating channels to make sure the managers get all the support they need and don't feel lost.