Miguel Ares, Project Manager at Altia, talks about DevOps, a work philosophy more relevant than ever in times of pandemic.

We are working to overcome an unprecedented crisis as a society. Hopefully we will soon recover a certain normality in our homes and in our organizations.

Its emergence has been so rapid and global that, really, we have not been able to plan everything that would be desirable to face this great challenge.

Overnight we have been forced, in our organizations, to take drastic measures regarding the isolation of people, opening the door to telework. In many cases, remote work has been implemented abruptly without having a previous business, organizational or technological culture to support it. In others, it has been enhanced and, in some, it has meant starting from scratch. For those of us who were on the way to developing a DevOps culture, this crisis has made us see as a new paradigm, the impact that this culture has in such an exceptional circumstance. DevOps is culture, especially culture; and it is also a culture that calls for the approach of people to the business, and the approach of people among them. DevOps is close. DevOps is people. DevOps is collaboration in the strictest sense of the word, that is, DevOps is working together with a common goal. Work without particular objectives. The objective must be the same, as a business objective. The same as in a crisis. However, business in crisis is even more important because its survival and adaptation power will depend on its power. DevOps is also resilience. DevOps is mostly resilience.

During these days, DevOps is perhaps for many organizations what is making them better bear an adequate time to market to uncertainties. If demand increases, and we have to provide capacity alternatives, a DevOps culture is going to help achieve that. If the market changes the trend and we have to develop a new product or substantially modify an existing service, a DevOps culture will help to do it on time and with quality. If the teams worked in a DevOps culture, and there were already group dynamics and shared goals, now empowering and driving telework will only be a matter of tools and technology, since we had our homework done.The rigid structures of companies and the traditional conceptions of development and project management may not be the best starting point to face a crisis. DevOps adapts perfectly to this paradigm shift, while traditional models make business suffer. DevOps, however, remains a culture and philosophy to go to as a strength for business in normal times; and even more in times of crisis.