We can all agree that DevOps is a “thing” now, right? It’s no longer something that only snazzy digital native companies do. I see all sorts of organizations evolving their IT departments to orient more around the customer and getting software to production faster.
“DevOps” is definitely not a noun or a product you can buy—looking at you, Microsoft—but rather, it’s all the wonderful activities that turn technology into an asset for a company, instead of a cost center. If you’re at the start of your DevOps journey, you might enjoy my brand new Pluralsight course. It’s part of the terrific “DevOps Foundations” learning path at Pluralsight, and called DevOps Foundations: Planning and Implementing a DevOps Strategy. It’s a mouthful, I know.
The course has three modules and runs about 90 minutes total. The first module helps you audit your current state so that you start your journey on the right foot. Here, we talk about questions to ask about your company’s readiness, existing skills, and value streams.
The second module is all about the pilot effort. It’s tempting to try and standardize on a bunch of stuff before starting your journey, but you need to resist that temptation! In this module, we talk about things you want to prove in your pilot, how to staff your first team, how to approach version control, automation that matters, and more.
The final module is all about scaling. How do you take what you learned in the pilot and expand that to the whole company? We talk about some of the challenges you’ll face, what things you might start standardizing on, why you’ll want to build a platform team, how to shift left on security, and much more.
This was a fun course to put together, and represents lots of things I’ve learned from others, and done myself. I hope you enjoy it!