The DevOps Skills

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DevOps is a dynamic and ever-improving set of practices that emphasizes collaboration and communication between software developers and other IT professionals.

All the people involved in developing software products and services and all the people dealing with delivering and managing those products and services do not all do the same things but needs some common skills in order to work together in a DevOps team.

The ‘Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report 2019 from DOI has identified the following “must-have” skills:

  • Automation skills.
  • Process skills.
  • Soft skills.


DevOps Automation Skills

A DevOps professional is aiming to reduce waste and improve speed along the software development process, and automation is a  key skill to succeed. A DevOps team member should also have knowledge around automation tools.


DevOps Process Skills

DevOps is Culture, so People and Process come first. This is the reason why Automation is important only if accompanied by working processes. DevOps professionals must have the capability to streamline processes to make them efficient.

The key process skills are:

  1. Software development life cycle.
  2. Understanding of process flow and analysis.
  3. Agile.
  4. Experience with test-driven deployment concepts and methods.
  5. System thinking.

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DevOps Soft Skills

DevOps is not just software or IT, DevOps is Individuals as part of a Team. Individuals need to get engaged and motivated, this is the reason why soft skills have been considered as must-have skills.

The key soft skills are:

  1. Collaboration and cooperation.
  2. Problem-solving.
  3. Interpersonal skills.
  4. Sharing and knowledge transfer.
  5. Personal value commitment.
  6. Flexibility and adaptability.

A DevOps Leader must have these skills in order to lead people through a DevOps cultural transformation.

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Source: Based on the official report of the DevOps Institute, “2019 Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report”.