Evolution of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) & the Future of DevOps

How Did We Get Here?

Act #1: A lot of Pre-Work and Rigidity
Rewinding to the 1970s, Dr. Winston Royce, often deemed the “father of the waterfall,” came out with his iconic piece, Managing The Development of Large Software Systems, in which he described software development as a distinct sequence of steps. While Royce didn’t coin the term “waterfall,” he was instrumental in pioneering one of the earliest models of the SDLC. In many ways, the process was viewed similarly to manufacturing, whereby each step needed to be finished in its entirety before moving to the next.

Where Are We Now?

It is safe to say that from a technical, as well as financial standpoint, it’s a no-brainer to adopt DevOps principles. DevOps is top-of-mind for management and engineering leaders alike and many have tested the waters. Bain Capital reports that 90% of companies regard DevOps as a top strategic priority and are actively making strides to become DevOps proficient. Out of those who are in the early innings of their DevOps journey, Atlassian has found that 99% of those companies have already positively benefited, reporting higher quality deliverables, produced at faster speeds.

Where Are We Headed? 5 Key Trends Propelling the Future of DevOps

Closing Thoughts

DevOps, both as a cultural mindset, and as a set of tools and practices, is still early in its evolution. Implementing and scaling this discipline effectively can be the difference between market laggards and category leaders and, as a result, innovators will continue to iterate and push the boundaries of what is achievable in software delivery.



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