Why Continued Training is Essential for DevOps Success

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Training and certifications are more than just a line that a developer adds to their resume. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for bad employers to only care about training before someone works for them. To be truly adaptive to an ever-changing technology landscape, training must be on-going for entire development teams. There is always something new to learn, and a variety of resources to learn it.

When we first started to develop our Free NuGet Training seminar, there was some worry that a half day of virtual training might be too much to ask from some employers. We’re convinced that this training is both valuable and necessary, and there are a lot of reasons employers should think so too.

1. Boost Productivity

Training helps to increase one’s knowledge, skills, and confidence. Training provides an increased foundation of skills that boost an individual’s capabilities. This boost isn’t just to the individual, but also to their peers since training doesn’t stop with one person, they use and distribute their new skills amongst the entire team. Communication between teams is important for any organization but it is essential for a DevOps workplace. That inter-team communication ensures that knowledge flows and distributes to others who wouldn’t have otherwise had it.

2. Improved Retention Rate

Hiring new employees is expensive. It takes time, and that time comes when you can least afford it because you’re shorthanded. According to a recent survey published by the Hospitality Industry Education Advisory Committee, “40 percent of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year, the lack of skills training and development as the principal reason for moving on.”  Companies that invest in their employees’ education and growth have happier employees. Happy employees stay with the company longer; leading to less turn-over, and a higher retention rate.

3. Increased Team Collaboration

Employees can suffer from ‘Tunnel Vision’ where they only see their individual jobs and responsibilities. Collaboration and communication are essential to DevOps success, and while having an ultra-focused employee may seem positive, it can cause a fundamental disconnect among teams and negatively impact bigger picture objectives. This, however, is something training can help prevent. Training courses offer breakout sessions and hands-on activities, which encourage collaboration amongst those in attendance.  Collaborations that occur in training can easily bleed over into the every-day work environment, creating positive new relationships and better appreciation of others’ roles and responsibilities.

4. Amplified Team Innovation and Dependability

Training on platforms, tools, techniques, or technologies that an individual is already familiar with allows them to see it with new eyes through the trainer and other attendees. The words ‘we’ve always done it that way’ are incredibly dangerous and can stifle innovation. Training can help ensure that what is being done should be done.

It’s all too easy to take away training (formal or self-directed) time from employees because it doesn’t seem to directly contribute to the bottom line. However, continuing education, training, and discussions foster the growth of new ideas, encourages collaboration among Development and Operations teams, and are just few of the most impactful things an organization can do to improve. This is even more important when adopting a DevOps methodology.

Training does more than just ensure your developers and workforce are knowledgeable. It gives staff another way to look at problems. Besides having a direct, bottom-line benefit to the organization, it also returns value by giving employees options and perspectives they didn’t have for their work before. These options foster an environment for DevOps success, and allow organizations to grow and adapt to the unknown challenges of our ever-changing world.


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Olivia Glenn-Han

Olivia is the Community Marketing and DevOps Advocate at Inedo. She focuses on helping Inedo’s users embrace Agile and DevOps methodologies, and is passionate about finding the right solutions for individual and team issues. She is a frequent contributor to the Inedo blog, and often lends a hand on support chats. Olivia has been a communications professional for 8 years, and is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. In her free time she hits the mountain bike trails nearby in the Cleveland Metroparks, and when she’s not tearing it up in the mud, she’s always on the hunt for Cleveland’s latest addition to their growing food scene. Go Bucks!