DevOps quiz: 5 questions to ask about your culture

DevOps quiz: 5 questions to ask about your culture

In a strong DevOps culture, teams feel supported, collaboration is rewarded, and emotional intelligence runs high. Ask these questions to rate your culture – and keep improving

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4. Who is championing DevOps?

On the other side, look for people who can help you pave the way for DevOps to thrive in your organization. Poepsel refers to them as “embedded DevOps champions. “It’s important to identify influential allies in all parts of the engineering organization. These champions are instrumental in building a bridge between DevOps initiatives and the people and workstreams that are affected by them.”

To encourage more people to be champions, rethink how you reward and punish.

To encourage more people to be champions rather than resistors, Poepsel advises, take a look at how you are rewarding and recognizing individuals on your team.

“Your culture is less about what leaders say and more about what they reward and punish," he says. "Leaders should be quick to reward and recognize engineers outside of the DevOps team who act in ways that support the collaborative mission.”

5. How do people treat each other?

Leaders should test the strength of their DevOps culture by answering one key question: Do people care?

It seems like a simple question, but it can provide insight into the foundational pillars for a successful DevOps journey, says Eveline Oehrlich, chief research analyst at the DevOps Institute.

“A culture of care is shaped through leaders who cast a strong shadow inspiring their teams by ensuring trust within and towards each other,” says Oehrlich. “We all are leaders and need to ask ourselves the question ‘What have I done today to inspire and encourage our culture of care?’”

Oehrlich says leaders can promote a culture of care on their team by doing the following:

  • Listen and encourage open discussions of new ideas
  • Encourage people to experiment with these new ideas and learn
  • Break down barriers of silos for the purpose of connections and collaborations among individuals and teams
  • Eliminate unnecessary steps and bureaucracy to accelerate the delivery of outcomes
  • Introduce autonomy by enabling and delegating decision making and encourage risk-taking

“Asking the question, however, is just the first part,” Oehrlich adds. “The second and much more difficult part is actually recognizing the truth of the answers, and if they are not so good, doing something about it.”

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