Report: DevOps teams need to foster a learning culture to thrive

by Joseph K. Clark

A majority of DevOps teams believe that building a learning culture is highly important. According to the DevOps Institute’s Upskilling 2021 Report, 70% of respondents viewed it a top priority. 

To build a thriving learning culture, teams must eliminate blaming and shaming their members when problems arise. The report found some of the biggest challenges standing in the way of innovation include aversion to risk-taking and proposing new ideas and habits of seeing past failures and success.

learning culture to thrive

The report explained that problems must be made visible so that others can learn from them and their solutions.

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Respondents rated automation skills as the most critical category and human/soft skills as the second most important. According to the survey, the human skills needed for DevOps are evolving. In addition to skills like collaboration, problem-solving, sharing, knowledge transfer, and communication, skills like flexibility, adaptability, and empathy are becoming key

A good way for DevOps teams to enhance technical skills is to prioritize certifications. Sixty-six percent of respondents said that certifications are extremely valuable. 

“A successful DevOps journey (actually any journey) has the DNA of a learning organization, which means there is a commitment of continuous learning across all layers and players,” said Eveline Oehrlich, chief research, and content officer at the DevOps Institute. “Team members have changed their mental models to look at different views working in a collective and collaborative team. For example, problems and mistakes are opportunities to learn. This ability to continuously learn enables individuals and teams to work better together across boundaries regardless of process, team or technology boundaries.”

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