The late business management guru Peter Drucker coined the phrase, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” and the phrase has endured through the years. Your people must be passionate and enthusiastic about executing business strategy, or it – and your business – is doomed to fail. But remember that company culture itself needs a strategy to complement the business.
DevOps, too, will not succeed without the right culture. If leaders and people do not work in accordance with DevOps principles, then no tool or engineering process will be sufficient to succeed with DevOps. Culture challenges are the No. 1 obstacle that many organizations need to overcome to succeed with DevOps. But changing culture is not easy.
Values, beliefs, behaviors, and work habits are deeply ingrained in organizations, and their inertia and deep-rooted habits are much harder to change than tools or process changes. Transforming organizational culture for success with DevOps requires a strategy, goals, and sustained commitment.