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Contrary to popular belief, DevOps is not the same as an operations role. And DevOps engineers are not the same as a software developers or a QA engineers, either. Instead, DevOps specialists are a combination of the three (and then some) that work to solve high-level operational and efficiency challenges within a technical team.
DevOps specialists help to manage and optimize a development team’s output, from streamlining collaboration, to performing QA, automating important processes, and more. Otherwise put: they help development teams ship high quality work consistently and quickly.
DevOps specialists—who can be called DevOps Architects, DevOps Engineers, Infrastructure Engineers, or even Operations Engineers, depending on whom you ask—come from an eclectic group of developers with both software and systems backgrounds. In that sense, finding the right DevOps hire, like many technical roles, depends on the needs of the company, the structure of the team, and the projects they work on.
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all for this position, and not all of the points below may apply to all DevOps positions. Instead, it’s likely that your hiring manager will be focused on a handful of these traits. We recommend syncing with your hiring manager to understand which traits they’re looking for, and which they’re prioritizing.
What are your best practices for finding DevOps talent to suit your team? DevOps roles can cover a variety of tasks, and can come from an especially eclectic set of professional backgrounds, so getting in sync with your team’s needs is a must. Share your tips for alignment below!
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