DevOps vs Agile Methods: The Differences

DevOps vs Agile Methods: The Differences
DevOps vs Agile Methods: The Differences

Information technology has progressed at the heart of corporate culture for several years now. Some companies, such as Gologic, even make it their specialty! Like other business sectors, IT needs a specific organization. This is where DevOps and Agile come in. But which methodology should you choose? To help you decide, discover the differences between DevOps and agile methods!

The differences between DevOps and Agile

In an increasingly computerized world, companies must adapt in order to grow and stand out effectively. The challenge is being able to organize yourself in order to serve the client better. To know which project management method to implement, let’s start with some definitions. What exactly are DevOps and agile methods?

The Agile methodology

The Agile Manifesto took off in the 2000s to mitigate the constraints of the traditional waterfall development method. The basic principles of agility rest on incremental, iterative, and scalable development.

Agile is applied to establish a functional prototype that evolves according to the needs of the client. The development process is managed by a scrum master or project lead who breaks it down into stages or “sprints.”

Agile principles are based on dialogue and collaboration. They bridge the gap between the developers and the end users.

The advantage of the agile methodology is its flexibility. We collaborate, we discuss, and we correct. This method places a great emphasis on overall project management, which makes it adaptable to different professions.

The DevOps philosophy

Born around 2008, the DevOps approach is directly rooted in agility. It follows from new project organization needs. While agility had allowed developers to deliver applications faster, operators—for their part—had retained a more traditional operation. DevOps was therefore created to reduce this gap that was so lacking in agility.

As its name suggests, DevOps brings together a project’s development and system operations in order to continuously provide added value. We have here a real reduction in silos for a better project approach.

The pillars of the DevOps structure can be summarized by a simple acronym: CALMS. This frame of reference is the basis of the method, because without it, DevOps would be doomed to failure:

  • Culture — Supporting the return on investment (ROI) thanks to the culture and experience of the collaborators.
  • Automation — Constant search for task automation for continuous improvement.
  • Lean — Anti-waste system with respect to resources, which leads to a highly structured method.
  • Measurement — Implementation of measurement techniques to locate errors and make the necessary improvements.
  • Sharing — Constant sharing of information, allowing for a better quality of development and operations.

DevOps focuses on integration and internal collaboration for rapid product deployment. Teamwork and automation are at the heart of the method. Thanks to this, DevOps experts are able to actively identify problems and provide a suitable solution. As a team, failures are accepted more easily and the lessons to be drawn from them are integrated more quickly.

The alliance of the development (Dev) team and the operational (Ops) team makes it possible to integrate, test, and deliver continuously and in an automated way. In short, efficient, frictionless production. Efficient, isn’t it?

Comparison table: DevOps vs. Agile

 DevOpsAgile development
ObjectivesEnd-to-end management of the IT engineering processes Bringing together the developers and the operatorsComplex project management Bringing together the client and the developers
FocusReliable, secure deployment Accelerated delivery processOngoing dialogue Adaptation to change Collaboration with the client
TasksContinuous integration (CI) Continuous testing (CT) Continuous delivery (CD)Exclusive software development
FeedbackWith the in-house team and businesspeopleBetween the team and the client
AutomationAutomation at the heart of the practiceLittle or no automation

Gologic expertise

DevOps approaches and agile methods are both based on efficient and reliable management principles. Indeed, these two movements are complementary, and it’s up to you to implement these methodologies in your development and value delivery process! If you want to move toward DevOps, you should know that Gologic is there to guide you!

Our DevOps services 

The services that our experts offer you are the result of several years of reflection and professional experience. Whether you have needs related to training or DevOps assessments, you can be sure that Gologic will answer the call and offer you sound advice.

If you have more specific requests, don’t hesitate to consult our DevOps on Demand service. We will make every effort to support you in your digital transformation. 

Contact us! Gologic will make the difference!

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