After James and I did DevOps Foundations, the “101” course, we were focused on building out courses for the three major practice areas of DevOps – Continuous Deployment, Infrastructure Automation, and Site Reliability Engineering (in progress now). But our lynda.com content manager said there was interest in us also expanding on the use of Agile and Lean especially as it relates to DevOps.
Karthik is our agile admin Agile expert; he’s presented at several Agile conferences and the like, so he and I decided to take it on. But how would we bring a DevOps specific take to it? We started outlining a course and realized it could turn into a giant boring encyclopedia of every Lean and Agile term ever. Most of what we have to add isn’t reading definitions, it’s sharing our experiences actually doing this (my Scrum for Operations series on this blog is perennially popular).
So we decided to take a tip from both Eliahu Goldratt’s The Goal and Gene Kim’s The Phoenix Project by framing the course as a fictional story! By stitching a narrative together of a Lean, Agile, DevOps transformation of a hypothetical company out of our real world stories from a variety of implementations, we figured we could explain the concepts in context and make them more interesting. Let us know what you think!
Lynda Course Description:
By applying lean and agile principles, engineering teams can deliver better systems and better business outcomes—both of which are crucial to the success of DevOps. In this course, instructors Ernest Mueller and Karthik Gaekwad discuss the theories, techniques, and benefits of agile and lean. Learn how they can be applied to operations teams to create a more effective flow from development into operations and accelerate your path of “concept to cash.” In addition to key concepts, you can hear in-the-trenches examples of implementing lean and agile in real-world software organizations.
What is agile?
What is lean?
Learning and adapting
Building a culture of metrics
Well it was busy week last week – James, Karthik, and I were all in lovely Carpenteria, CA at the lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning HQ to film some new DevOps Foundations courses!
We have two out already – James and I did DevOps Foundations, which lays out the basics of DevOps from culture to containers. It’s a three hour course, and should suffice to orient someone in all the ways of DevOps and defines Continuous Delivery, Infrastructure Automation, and Reliability Engineering as its three practice areas. (There’s a course handout under the Exercise Files that has links and bibliography, as well.) It’s DevOps 101 if you could use that!
And then we started to flesh out the major DevOps practice areas we defined in that course as 200-level courses. These focus on concepts but illustrate with tool demos. So we filmed DevOps Foundations: Infrastructure Automation in March, which released the end of April. It’s two hours, and covers infrastructure as code concepts and the basics of creating infrastructure from specs with e.g. CloudFormation, provisioning systems with e.g. Chef, and going immutable with Docker.
But now we have an irresistible urge to do more, so in a double shot that took about a year off my life, last week James and I recorded DevOps Foundations: Continuous Delivery, which goes over continuous integration and delivery and shows you how to build a delivery pipeline – we used Jenkins/Nexus/Chef/go/abao/Robot Framework but again we focused on concepts and did just enough implementation to illustrate it.
James went home mid-week and Karthik came out, and we also recorded DevOps Foundations: Lean and Agile! Lean and Agile are integrally related to DevOps and especially to being successful at DevOps. Our content manager actually asked us to do this one; we were kinda bulling ahead on our three main practice areas, but we said sure! We cover some Agile and Lean basics, and then we take a tip from The Goal and The Phoenix Project, and the bulk of the course is a fictional implementation stitched together from real experiences we’ve both had doing these at various companies. It was fun! Here’s a look at behind the scenes.
Both of these should drop in about 5 weeks, so keep an eye out.
James and I have been talking lately about the conjunction of Lean and Security. The InfoSec world is changing rapidly, and just as DevOps has incorporated Lean techniques into the systems world, we feel that security has a lot to gain from doing the same.
To a degree, that’s what we’ve done here – our shop doesn’t use XP or really even Scrum, more of a custom (sometimes loosely) defined agile process. We decided for ops we’ll use the same processes and tools – follow their iterations, Greenhopper for agile task management, same bug tracker (based off HP), same spec and testing formats and databases. Although we do have vestiges of our old “Systems Development Framework,” a more waterfally approach to collaboration and incorporation of systems/ops requirements into development projects. And should DevOps be tied to agile only, or should it also address what collaboration and automation are possible in a trad/waterfall shop? Or do we let those folks eat ITIL?