hi Mark, great question.
My team pointed me to your question; I actually talk on this topic quite a bit.
DevOps is really just a buzzword, and everyone (including Inedo) is jumping on it to describe what we do. But ultimately, DevOps is a process improvement designed to improve release velocity (e.g. going agile) through two means:
- Automate everything you can
- Increase collaboration between teams
Ultimately it's about improving a process of software release. There's a ton of noise about "best practices" out there, and everyone has opinions. But I think the best way to understand these opinions are to get a feel for the underlying process. Two suggestions for that.
Now, based on your specific situation, my advice is to start simple. Just change-up your TFS version strategy a little bit -- don't build in each environment, but create a build artifact at the start.
You can do this all in BuildMaster. The other tools are nice, but may not be necessary until you run into the problem of trying to have a single tool do it all.