Adoption checklist

Looking for a planning cheat-sheet for cloud adoption? Here's a generic list of decisions and tasks to get you started.

The checklist is provided in four sections, each representing a different step in a phased adoption plan.

Phase One - Envision

Build a clear picture of your future operating model, socialise your vision, and start to make tooling decisions.

  • Identify your target DevOps team structure
  • Identify any transitional DevOps team structure (if required)
  • Acquire access to cloud services
    • Ensure your procurement teams are ready for consumption-based billing
    • Agree budgets and budget holders
    • Decide your environment segregation strategy and set up the requisite accounts/subscriptions
  • Create a shortlist of required information systems
    • Create a shortlist of work management tools
    • Create a shortlist of CI/CD tools and platforms
    • Create a shortlist of knowledge sharing tools

Phase Two - Build

Start making changes! Ideally, begin with a few people and make them responsible for completing setup tasks, owning relevant ceremony diary meetings, and configuring their own tooling.

  • Recruit or second people into your target teams
  • Select a work management tool for your DevOps Team
  • Select and configure a Knowlegebase for knowledge sharing between your Engineering Team and Service Desk
  • Set up your CI/CD tooling
  • Deploy Cloudmarque’s Core Building Block
  • Connect your cloud monitoring capability/alerts to your Service Desk
  • Populate a backlog
  • Using an iterative planning methodology?
    • Decide on an iteration length (typically 1, 2, or 3 weeks)

Phase Three - Launch

Initiate an iterative delivery cycle and work through all the processes, validating and finalising any setup activities.

  • Ensure both your Service Desk and DevOps Team have access to the Knowlegebase
  • Complete your first iteration including all ceremonies
  • Use CI/CD to automate cloud deployments

Phase Four - Nurture

Like all Agile teams, your new DevOps capability should be self-organising and self-improving. However, there is much that leadership can do to encourage improvement and ensure the team does not stagnate.

  • Reiterate the ownership that a team has to change and improve their working practises, ensuring they realise that they are empowered to change
  • Communicate wider business plans to ensure team members are correctly prioritising and investing in automation where applicable
  • Celebrate wins!
  • Ensure that the team is pacing themselves: iterative delivery is a continuous practise and members may experience “burnout” if subjected to continual high-pressure deadlines. View progress as a marathon, rather than a sprint.
  • Identify new tools, delivery platforms, and system features which may accelerate delivery
  • Ensure that learning is documented and that retrospective feedback is acted upon
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