The first in a series of LinkedIn Learning blog posts drawn from our lynda.com DevOps Fundamentals course – What DevOps Is (And Why Should You Care)
We’re really excited to announce that James Wickett and I (Ernest Mueller) from The Agile Admin have put together a comprehensive DevOps Fundamentals course for lynda.com – a 3 hour long course covering everything from DevOps’ Agile and Lean roots, to DevOps culture to book recommendations and we even cover future .
As you know we here at The Agile Admin have spent a lot of time trying to help people learn DevOps – for a variety of reasons, many of the original DevOps practitioners were reluctant to even define the term, and were against a lot of the “DevOps” training/certification programs that sprung up because they weren’t really a good reflection of the real scope of the movement. While we understand those factors and agree with some of the specific critiques, we think it’s frankly been criminally difficult to learn DevOps with the available resources to date (best answer: go to a variety of events, crawl some random blogs and twitters, try to piece it together yourself over time, read some kinda-related books…). The unicorns don’t need any more than that, but all four of the Agile Admins have worked in corporate IT before and have a lot of sympathy for all the folks out there that *don’t* work for Etsy or Netflix and are trying to figure out how this new world can make their work and life better.
In the course, we go into what we consider to be the three primary practice areas of DevOps – continuous delivery, infrastructure automation, and reliability engineering. lynda has a free trial period so feel free and go give it a look to see if it could help you!
To give you an idea of what is included in the course, here’s the course outline. Even in a three hour class there’s no way to comprehensively cover these topics, so we tried to extensively point you out at other resources as we go and have a whole section on great DevOps learning resources.
- DevOps Basics
- What Is DevOps?
- DevOps Core Values: CAMS
- DevOps Principles: The Three Ways
- Your DevOps Playbook
- 10 Practices For DevOps Success (Part 1)
- 10 Practices for DevOps Success (Part 2)
- DevOps Tools: The Cart Or The Horse?
- DevOps: A Culture Problem
- The IT Crowd and the Coming Storm
- Use Your Words
- Do Unto Others
- Throwing Things Over Walls
- Kaizen: Continuous Improvement
- The Building Blocks of DevOps
- DevOps Building Block: Agile
- DevOps Building Block: Lean
- ITIL, ITSM, and the SDLC
- Infrastructure Automation
- Infrastructure As Code
- Golden Image to Foil Ball
- Immutable Deployment
- Your Infrastructure Toolchain
- Continuous Deployment
- Small + Fast = Better
- Continuous Integration Practices
- The Continuous Delivery Pipeline
- The Role of QA
- Your CI Toolchain
- Reliability Engineering
- Engineering Doesn’t End With Deployment
- Design for Operation: Theory
- Design for Operation: Practice
- Operate for Design: Metrics and Monitoring
- Operate for Design: Logging
- Your SRE Toolchain
- Additional DevOps Resources
- Unicorns, Horses, and Donkeys, Oh My
- The 10 Best DevOps Books You Need To Read
- Navigating the Series of Tubes
- The Future of DevOps
- Cloud to Containers to Serverless
- The Rugged Frontier of DevOps: Security
- Next Steps: Am I a DevOp Now?
We worked long and hard on the course and we think it represents all the must-know aspects of DevOps and can get you started down the path of implementation with a good foundation. Check it out and let us know what you think!
I wanted to mention a couple Austin area events folks should be aware of – and one international one! November is full of DevOps goodness, so come to some or all of these…
The international one is called All Day DevOps, Tuesday November 15 2016, and is a one long day, AMER and EMEA hours, 3-track, free online conference. It has all the heavy hitter presenters you’d expect from going to Velocity or a DevOpsDays or whatnot, but streaming free to all. Sign up and figure out what you want to watch in what slot now! James, Karthik, and I are curating and hosting the Infrastructure track so, you know, err on that side 🙂 There’s nearly 5000 people signed up already, so it should be lively!
Then there’s CD Summit Austin 2016. There’s a regional IT conference called Innotech, and devops.com came up with the great idea of running a DevOps event alongside it. It’s Wednesday November 16 (workshops) and Thursday November 17 (conference) in the Austin Convention Center. All four of the Agile Admins will be doing a panel on “The Evolution of Agility” at 11:20 on Thursday so come on out! It’s cheap, even both days together are like $179.
But before all that – the best little application security convention in Texas (or frankly anywhere for my money) – LASCON is next week! Tues and Wed Nov 1-2 are workshop days and then Thu-Fri Nov 3-4 are the conference days. I’m doing my Lean Security talk I did at RSA last fall on Friday, and James is speaking on Serverless on Thursday. $299 for the two conference days.
Loads of great stuff for all this month!
I haz it!
It, of course, is the new DevOps Handbook, in which luminaries Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis, John Allspaw, and Jez Humble put together a single coherent guide to understanding and implementing DevOps. Most of the “DevOps” books to date have really just nibbled around the edges of DevOps instead of addressing its entire scope head on. This book does so, and will become the standard reference in anyone’s DevOps library. Get it on Amazon or elsewhere!
I recently wrote an article for Signal Sciences discussing the top 5 application security defense needs in the modern era. It’s very DevOps in nature. You can see the full article in all of its original glory here > Top 5 AppSec Defense needs in the Modern Era
In the article, I covered what I thought was the most critical things needed for a plausible application security program in the modern era.
- OWASP Top Ten coverage is a must-have and is expected
- Have Defense against Bots and Scrapers
- Do Business Logic monitoring
- Achieve Operational Insight through Visualizations and Dashboards
- Distribute security information where people naturally are, a la ChatOps.