Evaluate how and to which extend Kubernetes will be used for the pilot deployment and implement all the automation required for that.
Favor Ansible roles as much as possible.
However, there is a lot of work happening around simplifying Kubernetes deployments (kops, kube-aws, kubernetes-anywhere, kube-up.sh, etc). Evaluate if one of the sanctioned tools would fit our requirements and add automation around it (i.e. the tool will do the heavy-lifting of K8S components but it still needs other resources to be in place – VMs, networks, storage, etc).