TL;DR: This year’s State of DevOps Report is the 10th anniversary edition of this annual research on how practitioners are making DevOps work for them. Whether you’re a big time CircleCI user or are just beginning your career, we want to hear from you. Please take the survey so your voice is represented in the 2021 State of DevOps.

Eight years of DevOps research: what have we learned?

  • 2013 State of DevOps Report The first report of its kind, 2013 set out to prove the value of DevOps, and delivered on that promise. This report shows that high performing organizations ship code 30x faster and complete deployments 8,000 times faster than their peers, and have 50% fewer failures and 12x faster recovery times. Organizations that have implemented DevOps were 5x more likely to be high-performing.

  • 2014 State of DevOps Report Where 2013 showed that DevOps was important in delivering engineering team success, 2014 makes the connection between DevOps success and overall business performance. This report showed that firms with high-performing IT organizations were twice as likely to exceed their profitability, market share and productivity goals. How can you be a high-performing IT organization? IT performance strongly correlates with well-known DevOps practices such as the use of version control and continuous delivery.

  • 2015 State of DevOps Report This report asks: who can drive DevOps success, practitioners or executives? The answer is that both groups are needed to make DevOps initiatives thrive. It also found that the unsung heroes of DevOps success are middle managers: those who connect the work their teams do to the org’s strategic objectives, and who invest in their employees’ development.

  • 2016 State of DevOps Report Are speed and quality tradeoffs, or can you get both? 2016 showed that improvements across the entire software product lifecycle speed up delivery while improving software quality, security and business outcomes. This report also showed that the benefits extend beyond KPIs and OKRs, and that DevOps practices also improve team culture and employee engagement.

  • 2017 State of DevOps Report While previous reports talked about the benefits of DevOps, this report dives deep into culture. What makes an effective leader? How can effective leaders influence the technical practices and processes that lead to strong performance? One answer that emerged: automation.

  • 2018 State of DevOps Report After 5 years of reports, the benefits of DevOps were clear. So, how can teams see DevOps success in their organization? Can you one day start “doing DevOps” and suddenly see all of your team outcomes and engagement skyrocket? 2018 made it clear that DevOps is a journey, not a destination, and outlined the stages and progress of a DevOps evolution.

  • 2019 State of DevOps Report So you can deliver more software, faster, and your team is happier. What about security? 2019’s report takes a hard look at how security is built into software delivery. What are the security best practices teams should adopt to make their DevOps practice fast AND secure?

  • 2020 State of DevOps Report Why do teams get stuck in the middle phase of their DevOps evolution, and what do high performers do that separates them from the pack? The 2020 study showed that there are deep, structural changes that high-performing teams make: a platform approach to software delivery and applying DevOps principles to change management.

At CircleCI, we’ve built on this body of research and added our own studies to the canon. This research builds on the key findings from Puppet and looks at millions of data points from how teams build and deliver software.

2019 saw The Data-Driven Case for CI: What 30 Million Workflows Reveal about DevOps in Practice, the first-of-its-kind report that uses observed field data to show how real engineering teams operate. This report shows that focusing on CI is a proven path to DevOps success: teams who commit to the practice of CI can produce the best software, consistently, confidently, and at high velocity.

The 2020 State of Software Delivery looks at 55 million data points to suggest benchmarks high performing engineering teams can aspire to for Throughput, Duration, Mean Time to Recovery, and Success Rate.

What’s next: a deep dive into the culture that makes DevOps work

Puppet’s 2021 State of DevOps report (proudly co-sponsored by CircleCI) will go deep on the cultural practices that make DevOps possible. The report will aim to answer questions like:

  • How can we best organize teams and work?
  • How do high-performing teams interact?
  • What feedback loops are available for the various DevOps roles to learn from, and how can they be improved?
  • What does self-service DevOps look like?

Whether you’re reading this post as a practitioner, manager, executive, marketer, operator, or developer, we want to hear from you. Please take the survey. Bonus: Puppet (the primary sponsor) is donating $5 USD to your choice of three charities for each completed response