Building a DevOps-Inspired Career Track
Many organizations list a skills gap as one of their primary obstacles to achieving and sustaining a high-functioning DevOps-based organization. This resource attempts to provide practical guidance to organizations on developing, recruiting, and retaining DevOps talent.
Technological advances are accelerating and require a workforce that is able to adapt quickly. Educators need to help prepare the workforce by proactively incorporating training to develop new skills to master nascent and emerging tech.
Leaders responsible for building and sustaining high-performance teams should ensure two key aspects: (1) ensure early engagement with intake pipelines (college and intern programs, early prep); (2) establish a growth mindset learning pattern for new employees.
Two-thirds of CIOs say they believe a lack of talent has become one of the key limiting factors for organizations who want to scale-up DevOps on a broad level. Employers need to recruit and retain more “T-shaped talent” (individuals who have both depth in a specialty but also breadth across the spectrum, often visually represented by a T shape) to deliver in a DevOps manner.
The traditional education sector should not be dismissed. It represents a large portion of the US and world economies and, although it responds slowly to feedback and has many challenges, it is still the means by which the majority of the workforce is created. Disruption may occur, but today’s DevOps hiring managers should not pin their hopes on non-traditional educational alternatives (e.g., boot camps), which represent only a small fraction of the educational system.
Leaders as Teachers: Technical leaders strive to be educators in practice, using their advanced skills and experience to teach, mentor, and develop others.
Often, early career technology workers will be tempted to solve problems in haphazard ways, using instinct or a “gut feeling” approach. This can result in a shotgun approach of uncontrolled or unmeasured changes attempting to solve the problem. Leaders and educators should encourage workers to approach problems in a methodical, deliberate, and iterative fashion by using the scientific method of systematic observation, measurement, experimentation, testing, and modification.
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