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Software Engineering using DevOps- a Silver Bullet?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Today we have technology that help us scan millions of medical databases in a glimpse of an eye and self-driving cars that are outperforming humans at driving. Technology is developing so fast that new updates in the technology world are commonplace to us and we are more often frustrated in case something is not up to speed. Technology is moving so quickly and in order for humans to keep up with the development needed in the tech business, different methodologies for how to optimise the development process have been applied, some that work better than others. But just as fast as the technology changes, the methodologies used change with them. Recently a new term has entered the methodologies field. This term is said to bring faster deployment, decreased failures and improved the loyalties within the teams. The term in question, is called DevOps.

This study is about uncovering the world of DevOps. This thesis is exploring the term in real teams in order to find out whether or not DevOps is the silver bullet it makes out to be. The study is based on ten interviews with people at different organisations, using DevOps, and will find out how these interviewees use and feel about DevOps. Found in these interviews is that both the involvement in, interpretation and implementation of the term varies between the interviewees. Nothing was all the same between them. All interviewees were very positive about the term and its contributions to the process and would definitely implement it in any new team. However, also found is that development in organisations is leaning towards becoming more single minded. When creating and reforming teams, organisations rather exclude constellations of different human thoughts and departments in order to rely on different development platforms instead. To conclude from this is that DevOps might take away work from collaborating humans in favour of the speed we achieve in the assisting technologies. This in a possible alarming way since single minded teams can miss important aspects in development which can have a dangerous outcome. Even though this might be a truth, DevOps is seen as something very positive and could just be the silver bullet it is talked about it to be, but this only if each team can interpret it, implement it and use it in their own way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 50
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UPTEC IT, ISSN 1401-5749 ; 19002
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-377182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-377182DiVA, id: diva2:1289116
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Information Technology Engineering
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Available from: 2019-02-15 Created: 2019-02-15 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved

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