DevOps Leader

A DevOps Leader is a tactical or strategic individual who helps design, influence, implement or motivate the cultural transformation proven to be a critical success factor in DevOps adoption. This individual understands the human dynamics of cultural change and is equipped with practices, methods and tools to engage people across the DevOps spectrum.

The learning objectives for DOL include a practical understanding of:

  • DevOps and time to market
  • The business and IT perspectives
  • Key differences between DevOps IT and traditional IT
  • Planning and organizing
  • Understanding performance and culture
  • Measurement differences
  • Designing a DevOps organization
  • Focusing on what matters
  • Ideas for organizing workflows
  • Sharing information
  • Defining meaningful metrics
  • Value stream mapping
  • The Spotify Squad model
  • Managing culture change
  • Popular tools and key practices
  • Putting it all together

"Through DevOps, organizations can bring software to market faster, with better quality, less defects, reduced risk and shortened lead times. This course is essential for any IT professional involved in transforming their enterprises' digital strategy." - Course Author, Mustafa Kapadia


Participants should have baseline knowledge and understanding of common DevOps definitions and principles.

Course/student materials:

  • Sixteen (16) hours of instructor-led training and exercise facilitation
  • Learner Manual (excellent post-class reference)
  • Participation in exercises designed to apply concepts
  • Comprehensive glossary
  • Access to additional sources of information and communities

About the Author:

Mustafa Kapadia is a Service Line Leader for IBM 's Digital Transformation DevOps practice, a business advisory practice focused on helping large enterprises transform their software and application delivery. His is an expert in DevOps, cloud, mobile, analytics, application development, outsourcing, and off shoring. Prior to joining IBM, Mustafa was a management consultant with Deloitte's Strategy & Operations practice. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an avid blogger (when time permits), a speaker, and an advisor to startup companies.

    1. Course Introduction
    2. DevOps and Time
    3. Key Differences Between DevOps IT and Traditional IT
    4. Becoming a DevOps organization
    5. Focus
    6. Work
    7. Information
    8. Metrics
    9. Value Stream Mapping
    10. Value Stream Mapping Exercise
    11. Squad Organizational Model
    12. Managing Cultural Change
    13. Culture and its Impact on Performance
    14. Popular DevOps Tools and Practices
    15. Building a Business Case
    16. Bringing it all Together
    17. Additional Sources of Information
    18. Exam Preparations
    19. Exam
  • Exam info:

    • 40 question, multiple choice
    • 60 minute examination, additional 15 minutes is granted to non-native English speakers
    • 65% pass
    • Leads to the DevOps Institute DevOps Leader Certificate
    • The certification is governed and maintained by the DevOps Institute; exams are delivered through an independent, global examination partner.

    The DevOps Foundation Certificate is a pre-requisite for DevOps Practitioner level courses.

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