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Rob Cowell · 30th September 2022

Be part of the Agile world with DevOps

If you’re starting to explore DevOps, you might have come across the view that it’s something that’s only for Agile developers in code-based development environments. But, who says you can't learn to be lean and keen yourself, whatever environment you’re working in?

Getting savvy about DevOps skills and processes means you’ll understand some essential tools and methods used in Agile development – always useful information to have, even if it doesn’t yet apply fully to your work environment. Learning a bit more about these principles could even make you an agent of change within your organization.

This skillset is particularly useful within the Salesforce low-code environment, where all roles from Admin, to Developer, to Architect are beginning to embrace the benefits of DevOps principles and practices.

The rise of Salesforce DevOps

DevOps is increasingly used in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) integrations, and Salesforce sits within this world of application development. As it is cloud-based, Salesforce doesn’t require another full set of controls over operational deployment – infrastructure is already tightly controlled in the cloud. However, the beauty of DevOps principles are that they bring reliability, controlled test cycles, iterative integration of change and accurate control over rollbacks if required.

How are DevOps and Agile different?

In non-Salesforce development environments, DevOps and Agile methods are often used to complement each other. They share some features, such as an emphasis on automation and testing to bring flexibility, stability and security, or building collaboration with a lean approach to standardized communication. Despite some essential differences between each approach, they both aim to increase the speed and quality of software delivery.

Why learn aspects of Agile?

If you’re working in Salesforce DevOps you will automatically begin to understand elements of Agile culture from your use of DevOps tools and processes, even though you don’t need to completely understand Agile methodologies.

You’ll also be gaining transferable skills and building experience, if you decide to move to a non-Salesforce development environment in the future. With a bit of additional training, you could find yourself working within a development team as a product owner or team lead/scrum master.

Take advantage of low-code and Agile opportunities in Salesforce

Recent trends in software development have had to adapt to a worldwide shortage of software engineers who can code in more complicated languages. In response to this, there has been an increase in low-code development roles where development takes place in more user-friendly drag-and-drop software environments.

This means that anyone upskilling in Salesforce DevOps could open up future possibilities to work in virtually any Agile development environment.

Free certification on DevOps Launchpad

Agile development is all about reacting to changing needs at speed, at scale and with accuracy to deliver an excellent customer experience – something that also lies at the heart of DevOps.

Mastering DevOps principles could help you supercharge your own development – get started with free courses and certifications on DevOps Launchpad today!