Achieving the right, healthy balance in life can be similar to achieving the right balance in your IT organization. There are multiple variables that make both a challenge. In life, it’s about the right mix of nutrition, fitness and healthy choices, not to mention family, finances and personal goals.  In IT, the mix starts with people, process, and tools, but also includes costs, time and business alignment.

‘BMI’ is one metric used to track your adoption to a good balance in life. Likewise, assessing your adoption of DevOps practices can be a good metric to tracking the proper balance in IT. In light of the challenges that many organizations are facing to achieve the right balance of DevOps, IDC recently released a survey that tracks progress of and barriers to implementing DevOps. They found that IT teams advanced with DevOps adoption in different dimensions at different times: people, culture, technology, business and process. While the people, technology, and process elements evolved along a common trajectory, the culture and business sides prove to be more complex.

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