2021 DevOps Setups: Benchmarking Study

The gap between top performers and average engineering teams is widening. If you look close enough, self-service seems to be the secret of superior performance.

Throughout 2021 we used the reach of our brand to offer teams a framework to benchmark their DevOps setups against other teams’ in our databases. Our rationale for it: most studies tend to stay fairly blurry when it comes to the details of teams’ everyday workflows and practices. Research suggests that the majority of engineering organizations are seeing their DevOps ambition stale, but how this actually looks like on the ground is not clear.

The response to our study was much better than we expected. We ended up with 1,856 organizations providing deep insights into their DevOps setup. In the survey, we covered three key aspects:

  • Tech and Infrastructure
  • “Classic” DevOps key metrics such as Deployment Frequency, Lead Time, Mean Time to Recovery and Change Failure Rate
  • Team Setup & Culture

It is vital for teams to hone in on the optimal tradeoff between the complexity of their delivery setup and the cognitive load it forces upon developers. Understanding this is the key to determining the optimal “hand-over” point between developers and operations.

You should read this if ...

  • You are looking at optimizing your developer workflows and enable developer self-service
  • You care about improving key DevOps metrics for your team
  • You want to close the gap to top performing engineering teams

Main titles of survey participants:
DevOps Engineers, Platform Engineers, Site Reliability Engineers, System Engineers, Infrastructure Kubernetes Administrators, Technical Architects, Application Developers with an affinity with DevOps and Technical Management

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