Learn how to start and scale DevOps in my latest Pluralsight course

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!

Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud, with a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, plus former InfoQ.com editor and former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud, Richard leads a team focused on products that help teams build and run modern software. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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