Development Operations is the sector dedicated to developing and updating systems to streamline and optimise business processes, also aiming to reduce the time between suggested changes and implementing those changes, thus increasing the speed at which a business is able to progress and develop. This is an important aspect of any business to make sure you stay at the head of your sector and the top of your game. Here, we explore three central elements of Development Operations.
With every new sector comes a new set of rules – and with good reason. Whenever we move into uncharted waters, as business and as people, the potential for mistakes is huge and the consequences of misused knowledge could have unforeseen effects, and having effective policies in place goes some way to mitigating that. Data governance is an example of such a set of rules and determines what data can be used by whom and for what purpose within a business setting. This has the dual effect of protecting against data misuse and streaming the processes by which Development Operations are able to analyse and use data.
Instead of focusing on long term project management plans, Development Operations focuses on high-intensity short timespan work plans to allow for more high-quality projects to be released more regularly. Only end-goals are defined in advanced, and small steps towards those goals planned as encountered during the process. This allows for plans to be flexible, responding to unexpected changes in direction and obstacles without causing long term disruption or unnecessary stress to the development team and project managers. If you’re running a business like Solarium Tanning, this is especially helpful.
This is really the golden objective of Development Operations: to make as many repetitive processes as possible automatic, so that expertise and energy actually go towards projects that need attention rather than time being wasted on repetitive administrative processes. When this is achieved, these necessary processes can be relied upon to take place reliably in the background without assistance or physical input, reducing the need for employee interaction with such processes without dispensing of the underlying processes which are often integral to the running of the businesses.
Hopefully, this short segment has provided some insight into the goals and objectives of Development Operations, and you’re leaving with a better understanding of the place of this innovative sector within the wider business landscape and how it applies to you.