Full-service ownership means that people take responsibility for supporting the software they deliver, at every stage of the software/service lifecycle. That level of ownership brings development teams much closer to their customers, the business, and the value being delivered. This guide provides a step-by-step process that software delivery operations teams can use to ensure they are able to fully own their services.

Who Is This For?#

This resource is for team members working in any industry that uses software to deliver high-quality experiences for customers. It helps those teams build highly available systems by empowering them to own the entire lifecycle of their code.

What Is Covered?#

What is Full-Service Ownership?#

An introduction to full-service ownership and why teams should adopt this approach.

Digital Transformation#

How full-service ownership fits into digital transformation initiatives and ways for business stakeholders to quickly demonstrate value.

Defining a Service#

A step-by-step set of considerations to use to determine the size, shape, and boundaries of your "services."

Service Ownership Functions#

A set of functional roles and considerations that account for the needs of a team to successfully own the entire lifecycle of a service.

The Lifecycle of a Service#

The various lifecycle stages of a service and management considerations for each phase.

Escalation Policies#

An example escalation policy, to demonstrate building an incident response pattern appropriate for your business needs.

On-Call Shifts#

A step-by-step introduction to going on-call for teams that have never been on-call before.

Tips for Getting Started#

Tips for teams getting started: useful for avoiding common pitfalls.

Tips for Scaling#

After early successes, scaling full-service ownership across an organization presents other challenges.

Next Steps#

Put Full Service Ownership into practice for your team using the PagerDuty platform as an example.

Additional resources#

Links to additional reading to help you get started with full-service ownership.


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