What is a Devops Leader?

Date: 16/07/2019| Category: Best Practices Glossary| Tags:

A DevOps Leader is a transformational leader, leading people through a cultural transformation.

He/She focuses on creating a digital transformation, applying new techniques that have been proven by enterprise organisations. Organization’s profitability and productivity depends on the team capability to develop products, the good Devops Leader enhance this capability.

The role of the devops leader

The devops leader’s main responsibility is to build great team and great technology. He/she is an enabler, a supporter, a leader that provides foundation for a culture in which every member of a team learns every day and experiments every day.

This person is the professional responsible to enable the necessary practices that correlate with high performance, and it also supports effective communication and collaboration between team members in pursuit of organizational goals.

The Responsibilities of the Devops Leader

The Devops Leader’s common responsibilities are:

  • Oversee and guides all activities of the DevOps teams.
  • Establish cultural norms
  • Promote improvement in the professional skills of the devops team
  • Support team experimentation
  • Promote, document, and implement technologies and processes that enhance developer productivity
  • Enhance communication/interaction between Developer and operations
  • Inspire and motivate

The Competencies of the Devops Leader

Devops Leaders have typically 3 competencies:

  • Inspirational Communication
    • This is the capability of a devops leader to share an appealing vision that inspires and motivates the Devops team to perform beyond expectations.  The Leader encourages people to see the change as an opportunity
  • Intellectual stimulation
    • Capability to challenge a team to ask new questions, challenge assumptions, take risks and generate ideas.
  • Personal recognition
    • Focus on the individual needs, acknowledge better performance and personally compliments for developments and achievements

Latest Devops  Trends

The number of organizations which are using DevOps are increasing together with the spreading of  frameworks and best practices like Agile and ITIL 

The key trends in DevOps and their impact on the profession of the Devops Individuals are:

  • “must-have” skills: Automation skills, process, skills, 
  • “nice-to-have” skills: testing and enterprise/business architecture skills


Source: 2019 upskilling: enterprise DevOps Skills Report and 2017 state of the devops report

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