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How to Future-Proof Your Product Development Lifecycle

March 1, 2021 | DevOps
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‘Change’ is vital in any industry. To keep the business afloat, companies have to adapt and move forward with it, especially when it comes to product development. Continuous improvements and innovation in products keep them from becoming stagnant. Product development depends on change, in some sense, through creative destruction.

However, one change that does not always go in favor of the product development process is the movement of human resources which keep changing in the volatile and uncertain business environment. Change doesn’t help when it comes to managing employee attrition and retention. It can create workforce chaos in product development and loss in both formal & informal knowledge. This leads to increased development and deployment costs. So, how can companies safeguard this knowledge, retain resources, create a collaborative environment, enhance team efficiencies, and full-proof their product development cycle? Let’s take a look –

Capturing Knowledge in the Age of Digital Transformation

The best way to full-proofing product development is by adopting digital transformation alongside systematic changes. And as a part of digitizing the processes, leaders or managers need to use appropriate technologies that help their teams and the organization thrive in the constantly changing environment. This can be achieved with software solutions that capture the formal and informal knowledge of every employee.

To effectively incorporate the method of ‘knowledge capturing’ across the product development cycle, the digital transformation should:

  • Enable Comprehensive Collaborations:

    The problem with the files stored and shared on the drive can be overridden, forgotten, and lost, leading to knowledge not getting passed to the entire team. A comprehensive solution will give the team or the employees a single source to track all the questions, problems, and decisions.

  • Improve Efficiency:

    Teams can reduce inconsistencies and discrepancies with a single source of information. This way, businesses capture knowledge via inputs, solutions, and answers in a single place.

  • Integrate with other Digital Tools:

    The product development process does not rely on a single digital tool. The development life cycle involves multiple tools that are integrated throughout the process. By integrating those tools, team knowledge can be captured at multiple levels as well as in multiple places as they trace and track development with digital solutions.

This is where DevOps comes into play –

DevOps – A group of practices, combining software development and IT operations, that delivers updates, features, and monitors all phases of the product development cycle. It helps you capture knowledge by tracking everything from conceptualization to design, development, integration, deployment, testing, and release. DevOps training has a huge impact on product development

lifecycle and the benefits of DevOps in full-proofing the process has been realized by many global brands such as Netflix, Airbnb, Etsy, and many more. This has led to thousands of companies have started adopting DevOps practices, further increasing the demand for DevOps certification.

 

 

Merging Talent and Technology

Here’s the most integral part of digital transformation in product development i.e., talent! An enriched environment that encourages learning, curiosity, and teamwork offers huge benefits in knowledge preservation. However, in this digital age, ‘Talent’ needs to be merged with ‘Technology’ to retain the knowledge of team members even after they retire or move on to other organizations.

Benefits:

  • Fast Delivery of Features:

    Can eliminate the long process of testing with automated testing. The development team can get quick feedbacks and the code is changed via automated integrations.

  • Enhanced Efficiency:

    Teams can focus more on value-creating work without worrying about routine tedious work.

  • Improved Quality of Code:

    Developers can identify loops easily and fix them while keeping the same code standards. So, updates and fixes get delivered faster.

With a team that has expertise in the DevOps course, you can enhance the agility with smaller development cycles, increase the frequency of deploying, and put out highly stable software releases that are in sync with the business goals. Software developers, project and product managers, software architects, and network engineers are recommended to get certified in DevOps.

Learn DevOps with Cognixia, the world’s leading digital talent transformation company. Here’s what you’ll learn in this comprehensive online DevOps training

  • Introduction to DevOps & Virtualization
  • VAGRANT
  • GIT: Version Control
  • Docker – Containers
  • Chef for Configuration Management
  • Maven-Build Automation Tool
  • Puppet for Configuration Management
  • Ansible
  • Nagios: Monitoring
  • Jenkins – Continuous Integration
  • Docker Container Clustering using Docker Swarm and Kubernetes
  • Advanced DevOps (CI/CD Pipeline Automation)
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