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How ideal DevOps recruitment requires a mix of soft and technical skills

March 11, 2019 / James Bourne

If you want to get ahead in DevOps, then automation and process skills are vital - but don't forget the soft skills either.That's the key finding from a new report by the DevOps Institute. The study, titled Upskilling and which polled more than 1,600 people, found a distinct correlation between 'must-have' and 'nice to have' skill sets. Automation, cited by 57% of respondents as must-have, beat out process (55%) and soft skills (53%). Of those in the process department, software development lifecycle, cited by 47% of respondents, was of the most interest, ahead of understanding process flow and analysis (46%) and Agile methodologies (42%).When it came to recruitment, there is an equal balance between those looking for soft skills and those looking for technical skills both for internal and external hiring. For C-level executives and IT management, business skills - communication, influencing, negotiation and strategic thinking - were considered particularly important. Yet only 23% of i...