With the lifting of health restrictions, many developers prefer to work remotely. So how do you promote effective collaboration between local and distributed teams? Here are three DevOps best practices to help developers increase their productivity, improve their craft, and optimize their well-being in the age of hybrid work.
A return to normal marked by hybrid working methods
During the pandemic, developers have put all their resources at the service of their business, sometimes even to the point of exhaustion. However, they seem to enjoy working remotely as only 11% of them plan to return to the office today. As the current period is characterized by a shortage of talent and the use of developers, sometimes working in different time zones, companies must provide them with a work environment that enhances their productivity and efficiency.
This is where DevOps comes in – a development methodology that prioritizes close collaboration between traditionally disparate teams and automates the software development lifecycle as much as possible.
1. Use automation to get rid of repetitive tasks
Distributed teams often find it difficult to collaborate, track people and projects, and manage teams. One of the best ways to alleviate these difficulties is to make things easier with automated tools. As a developer, you’ve probably done automated testing and maybe even automated builds. Automation upgrades and familiarity with CI/CD workflows can make your job easier. Teams using an automated CI/CD platform can increase merge requests by 36% and reduce merge time by 33%. When automating repetitive tasks, such as setting up environments, managing data user interfaces, or scripting application deployments, teams report up to 27% better results when using open source and 43% better when working.
Various automated testing tools allow developers to speed up parts of their workflow, such as code merging or test execution. These tools can help teams work more efficiently by ensuring that code compiles correctly and performs well, making it easier to deploy to production. Using a good CI/CD platform, teams can test their code every time they submit it to the server, which helps avoid potential bugs.
2. Implement tools for more flexibility and speed
Tools like the popular Git version control system or preconfigured environments hosted in the cloud make it easy to write, test, build and deploy software wherever you work. For developers who want to work remotely, using a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) has huge benefits. First, the fact that this IDE is hosted in the cloud allows you to start programming in seconds on any computer, from iPad to Chromebook. It also provides the ability to collaborate on multiple branches of development, deploy hundreds of changes per day, and quickly create a development environment for new employees.
By integrating cloud-based tools into the development workflow, teams can streamline collaboration, enable their applications to scale, and ensure that projects and organizations can continue to grow with a remote workforce. This is especially important given that the number of remote jobs increased by 12% in 2021 compared to 2020.
3. Find a common language
Front-end development can be time consuming and require skill, which can be difficult with distributed teams. YAML, one of the main languages that supports declarative automation, can help simplify front end customization and automate repetitive tasks. For example, frontend YAML is a technique used to define and describe pages rendered in HTML by static site generators, which is very useful for saving time. YAML can also be used to create automation workflows that can support multiple commands. This way they can work on the test server at the same time instead of waiting in line.
YAML is most useful because it’s a human-readable language, which means it’s easy to write and easy to read, with no parentheses, curly braces, and regular quotation marks. This makes it easier for developers to set up automation and CI/CD workflows. It also makes it easier for teams to communicate about the different parts of the workflow and what each part does, which is a big advantage for hybrid teams.
Learn to work again
Software is now an integral part of every aspect of our lives, from autonomous vehicles to drone delivery systems and more. However, developers only have a limited number of hours in a work day. By adopting a DevOps mindset, teams can enjoy global collaboration, communication, and teamwork. This approach is critical to the successful transition of your software from development to production. Organizations adopting these new methodologies, from hiring across geographies and time zones to investing in developer experience and improving their well-being at work, can have a positive impact on productivity, satisfaction, and talent retention.
Overall, embedding these practices into a company’s culture can encourage collaboration and innovation, ensuring that developers can perform at their best, no matter where they work. That way, they can continue to focus on what matters most: building great software.