June 1, 2017
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7 Tools For Effective DevOps Collaboration

In the enterprise, DevOps adoption is skyrocketing. From 2015 to 2016, DevOps adoption increased from 66 percent to 74 percent. While the benefits of DevOps are clear, what’s not always as straightforward is arranging collaboration between two formerly independent teams: software development and IT.

First, let’s recollect DevOps LifeCycle


There are many virtual tools that encourage ease of collaboration between team members. Here, we’ll talk about seven of the most effective.



Asana is a program that lets team leaders assign responsibilities throughout a project. For example, teams can prioritize certain assignments over others, and assign suggested times to completion. Team members have their own dashboards that help them keep track of finished assignments and communicate with others.



Slack is so popular because it’s so effective. Teams can organize communications into different channels for groups and individuals, send direct messages to team members, and make voice or video calls, all from the same platform.


If This Then That

If This Then That (IFTTT) understands that many team members work with a number of different programs at once. To remedy this problem, IFTTT has created a series of linked objectives — called Applets — that let team members combine functionalities from two different programs. For example, using IFTTT, a colleague could send emails directly from Gmail to Evernote.



Teams can talk to one another face-to-face — virtually — using the popular tool GoToMeeting. Team members can share their screens, invite whomever they want to a meeting without special codes, and communicate using mobile devices on the go.



Trello offers teams many ways to organize collaborative projects. From setting up teams to assigning tasks to individual team members, Trello lets teams create a workflow that fits with the ideals of DevOps.



Email chains and file attachments can be a problem — this difficulty is what spurred the creation of Basecamp. Basecamp helps teams organize projects and communications by letting team leaders create schedules, to-do lists, and chats. It also lets different members share documents and files easily.


Microsoft Teams

Designed as a chat-based workspace for Office 365, Microsoft Teams lets colleagues constantly keep up with one another — and build relationships. Team members can hold private or group chats, schedule meetings, or post emails in a group thread for everyone to read. Colleagues can also look back at these communications as the project progresses.

If effective DevOps adoption is your goal, use one or more of these tools to increase your collaborative possibilities. But if your teams still aren’t functioning together using these tools, Ciklum can help your teams work better together — and exponentially increase your delivery time. Contact Ciklum to see how we can improve your team’s DevOps function.