Methods and habits of the new DevOps elite, according to DORA (II)


In our last blogpost,  we were talking about the latest 2018 Accelerate State of DevOps Report  and  highlighting the best practices of successful DevOps teams. Keep on reading to know the main findings of the report.

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Key findings of DORA

Read through this article to learn some of the key findings in the latest Accelerate State of DevOps Report. 


Looking into the fast growing cloud service market

There is undoubtedly an increasing adoption of cloud services, with most of the users already having embraced the market – only as little as 17% of users report having no cloud provider. The most widely favored cloud platforms are AWS (52% of answers) and Azure (34%). 

From the majority users who already embrace the cloud market, nearly half rely on a single provider of cloud services, while the other half actually relies on multiple providers; typical reasons for the latter option include:

  • benefiting from increased service availability
  • complying with legal requirements
  • having available alternatives should a service fail
It’s also clear that elite performers consistently lean towards cloud-native designs and tend to present platform as a service. The future is in the cloud, as they say. However, it’s worth pointing out how this DORA report suggests some obstacles currently in the way of cloud computing. 

Most notably, there are currently perceived issues and efficiency roadblocks around matters such as resource pooling, measured service, rapid elasticity, broad network access and on-demand self-service. 

How development operations success reflects organizational culture

There is a strong correlation between the culture of an organization and its performance results. According to this research, the best performing software delivery teams are typically embedded in organizational cultures which are performance-oriented, rather than power-oriented or rule-oriented. 

A performance-oriented organizational culture will promote a psychologically stable environment where employees are allowed to question decisions as well as taking risks – so long as the focus remains on producing dependable, impactful and effective work. 

The best performing organizations also put heavy emphasis in progressive learning, which is typically regarded as a worthwhile investment. These organizations promote a learning environment during office hours, rather than pushing workers to invest their personal time to increase their skills and knowledge. This approach often leads to a reduction in team burn-outs as well as a thriving intellectual environment that stimulates creativity and promotes adaptive growth. 

Increased female demographics and diversity within the IT industries

The latest 2018 DORA report also points to an increasing participation of the female gender in the industry. In fact, the numbers nearly doubled compared to last year – as many as 12% of respondents are women, compared to 6% last year. At this point, the number of female team members across all teams is 25% and points to subsequent expansion

It’s also worth noting how around 6% of all respondents chose not to specify their gender, whereas 1% now identifies as non-binary. For the first time, DORA inquired participants about their disability status – a question that was simply ignored by 9% of all respondents, while 6% of respondents have declared they suffer from a disability of some kind. 

Overviewing key findings in the DORA 2018 report

In case you don’t have the time or inclination to extensively analyze the valuable information available in this report, here are the main observations that will be most useful to help your software development teams grow closer to elite level performance: 

  • All top performing teams favor using open source software more often and quite more extensively than lowest performing teams. 
  • Outsourcing tasks is most typically common amount the lowest performers (4x as much), whereas the highest performers favor taking all matters into their own hands – from testing to operational work. 
  • High performance does not seem to correlate to specific industries or regulations; it does seem to correlate heavily with organizational culture, as pointed out in an earlier section of this article. 
  • The best performing software development teams are most often found in companies that promote individual responsibility and trustworthiness; this suggests that trust breeds autonomy, which leads to improved results. 

To see the full report, head out to the official DORA website where all the data is available. You should find much useful information in the full report that might help you understand how to further optimize the performance of your software development teams.


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