Can You Get App Happy?
You and fellow participants are challenged with developing an application in a virtual world where nobody communicates or collaborates, and where there is no control of costs or testing times. Only by successfully adopting a DevOps culture can the team achieve operational excellence. Enter into this jumbled virtual world and see how putting DevOps into practice puts everything in its place.
Serious game simulations place participants inside a realistic, exciting, virtual world and task them with a series of challenges. It is a risk-free environment, a face-to-face learning arena, and an engaging, interactive classroom where a business or IT concept is brought to life.
DevOps, short for Software Development and Information Technology Operations, is a series of software practices that is meant to align with business objectives. It is an important concept to embrace as, with over 50% of large IT enterprises using, or intending to use, a DevOps approach in the next year, less than half of those already using DevOps report any level of success.
Using gaming techniques and applying realistic problems to a virtual scenario, participants in this simulation will tackle what is, surprisingly, the biggest obstacle to DevOps that most organisations cite: people.
Participants will be given a series of challenges and problems, spread across three rounds in interactive, face-to-face workshops:
Round 1: Chaos
Participants are placed in a real-life complex application development scenario when chaos ensues. Poor communication and a lack of collaboration results in poor business results, higher development costs, and longer testing times. This results in lost opportunities and a negative impact on revenue. Following the first round, a review is carried out to identify the issues and to discuss how a DevOps approach could drive improvement.
Round 2: Improvement
Round 2 builds on the learning outcomes from the first round and introduces processes such as Service Virtualisation, Minimum Viable Product Iterations and Fail Faster. This drives maturity and empowers the teams towards automation, building a more collaborative culture and, ultimately, improved business results.
Round 3: Optimise
By round 3, participants will have learned that instilling a DevOps culture is key to achieving operational excellence. Participants experience a pronounced shift in the reduction of development times and the number of errors each application has before reaching operations. Through collaboration, streamlining, automation and repeatable practices, participants realise improved ROI and optimised business results.