The DevOps Sagas - DevOps Guidance

The DevOps Sagas

To remove ambiguity about what DevOps means to us in this guidance, we define it through the AWS DevOps Sagas—a collection of modern capabilities that together form a comprehensive approach to designing, developing, securing, and efficiently operating software at cloud scale. We chose the term saga to reflect that sustainably practicing DevOps takes time and involves an ongoing, interconnected set of capabilities. Each DevOps saga includes prescriptive capabilities that provide indicators of success, metrics to measure, and common anti-patterns to avoid.

This section outlines each of the DevOps Sagas, featuring definitions, capabilities, indicators of success, metrics, and anti-patterns. The DevOps Sagas have been carefully crafted to focus on DevOps adoption and sustainable usage over time. The capabilities are solely focused on operating in a DevOps environment. When assessing workloads that will operate in a DevOps environment in the AWS Cloud, we recommend that you use the DevOps Guidance in conjunction with the AWS Well-Architected Framework whitepaper.

The DevOps Sagas are:

  • Organizational adoption: Inspires the formation of a customer-centric, adaptive culture focused on optimizing people-driven processes, personal and professional development, and improving developer experience to set the foundation for successful DevOps adoption.

  • Development lifecycle:  Aims to enhance the organization's capacity to develop, review, and deploy workloads swiftly and securely. It uses feedback loops, consistent deployment methods, and the everything as code approach to attain efficiency in deployment.

  • Quality assurance: Advocates for a proactive, test-first methodology integrated into the development process to help ensure that applications are well-architected by design, secure, cost-efficient, sustainable, and delivered with increased agility through automation.

  • Automated governance: Facilitates directive, detective, preventive, and responsive measures at all stages of the development process. It emphasizes risk management, business process adherence, and application and infrastructure compliance at scale using automated processes, policies, and guardrails.

  • Observability: Presents an approach to incorporating observability within environment and workloads, allowing teams to detect and address issues, improve performance, reduce costs, and help ensure alignment with business objectives and customer needs.


      Diagram showing the five AWS DevOps Sagas.