Getting the foundations right!
Last week I delivered a DevOps Foundation training from Devops Institute at our headquarters in Delft. It was a public course with 7 enthusiastic participants from diverse backgrounds such as change management, Agile/Lean and few of them are working as Agile coaches and Scrum Masters and we also had a recruiter in the training. I believe diversity of the group is also a key factor in the learning experience.
DevOps Foundation is a two-day course which gives a very detailed understanding of the “Why” and “What” of Devops. This training primarily focuses on levels 1 & 2 of Bloom’s Taxonomy model.
What topics were addressed?
One of the keys to master and excel in any area is to get the fundamentals right. In the two days of the training, we addressed the following topics:
- What is DevOps? Why Now?
- Business and IT Perspectives
- DevOps Principles
- DevOps Practices such as Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Deployment, Rugged DevOps/DevSecOps, ChatOps
- DevOps Values
- DevOps in the Enterprise such as Roles and Organizational Considerations
- How to get started and how to avoid challenges/risks
Structure of the training
I hate “Death by PowerPoint” style of trainings. Learning has to be a fun experience too. Involving and making participants own their learning experience is a key aspect to make an enriching learning experience. That’s exactly what we did in those two days of training! There were lot of hands on activities, discussions, quizzes and lots of fun too. We also discussed and shared lot of real life cases of DevOps teams and transformations.
We also made best use of the nice summer weather here in Delft (which btw doesn’t happen that often) by doing a bunch of activities outdoor. Here are some of the training takeaways from the participants:
“Starting tomorrow, I will keep thinking of the why, when and how”
“I will shift left as much as possible”
“I will focus more on how we can automate more”
“I have extra drive and motivation”
“I know more of DevOps, so I can be a better consultant”
“I will look at DevOps differently”
“I will prepare for training”
After this training, all participants have received a free attempt to the DevOps Foundation certificate exam. This exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 60 minutes (or 75 for non-native English speakers). Participants who score more than 65% in the assessment will be certified. This is accredited by DevOps Institute. Participants can also earn 16 PDU from this training. Learning continuous with more specialized trainings (which can be found here) and from lot of reference material which was shared with all participants.
Impressions and remarks on the training:
Here are few impressions and remarks from the participants
“Interactive, practical, games, flexible”
“Much info & broad on Lean, Agile, ITSM”
“Great basis, really gives me the feeling I have a foundation”
“Great interaction compared with theory”
“It’s really a foundation, not too technical”
“Practice examples, interaction”
“Examples of tools & techniques”
Interested in this training for yourself or your team? Don’t hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or +31(0)15 – 24 11 900