Development, test, and operations teams are working closer than ever before as DevOps projects become more complex, demanding, and subject to tight time constraints. Project managers must not only be able to track the efforts and efficacy of their team members, they also need to remove any barriers to rapid code development for programmers.
So, how does a smart DevOps team maintain careful quality checks on its work while concurrently moving to speed up the development process? The answer is through smart automation and focus. What you don’t want your team to spend time on is fixing trivial code issues or tracking exactly how every discrete class fits into the larger development effort. What you do want your team to spend time on is building expanded functionality into a solution while improving communication between team members about the most relevant issues.
Here’s a brief explanation of what each of these features provides, and why they’re essential. A modern development effort takes advantage of the integrations available with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). IDE’s have become an essential part of a programmer’s toolbox today. As the number of development languages, frameworks, and standards have grown, it has become increasingly difficult for every member of a team to keep track of an application’s classes, objects, and parent-child relationships. IDE’s have evolved to begin making code suggestions about class and object names as well as learning your preferred coding methodologies to make tailored recommendations.
Integrating your IDE with a developer task management system allows project managers to assign specific tasks to specific developers while also tying each code check-in back to the assigned developer and the task being resolved. Once checked-in, code is scanned for static code violations using an automated code quality tool, sort of like spell check for programmers. These code violations also feed back into the developer task management system through a defect tracking tool.
A defect tracking tool basically picks up where a developer task management system leaves off and adds increased automation and functionality. As testers and static code quality tools find bugs in the code base, a defect tracking tool integrates these within the IDE so developers are automatically assigned to fix code changes. A good defect tracking tool records each instance of a code problem and how it was resolved, automatically informing priorities for both project managers as well as developers.
With these two capabilities in your project management system automating critical but time-consuming tasks, your team will not only be able to stay on schedule, but also focus on expanding functionality, tightening integration and engaging in more strategic team communication. After all, that’s where you really add value.