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BCS - Foundation Certificate in DevOps

Duration

Duration:

Only 3 Days

Method

Method:

Classroom / Online / Hybrid

Next date

Next date:

8/2/2021 (Monday)

Overview

On this accelerated BCS Foundation Certificate in DevOps course, you’ll develop your knowledge and skills of the DevOps methodology. You'll learn how to build tools and select best practices to help your business deliver applications and services more efficiently.

In just 3 days, you'll build knowledge on how applying DevOps will support the culture of your business' departments and the teamwork between your employees.

At the end of your accelerated course, you’ll sit the BCS Foundation Certificate in DevOps exam and get certified. You’ll get access to official courseware and learn from certified BCS instructors as Firebrand is an authorised training provider.

Train through Firebrand’s Lecture | Lab | Review methodology and you’ll train at twice the speed in a distraction-free environment.


Audience


This course is ideal if you're involved in implementing the DevOps process in your business; roles including:

  • DevOps evangelists
  • Automation architects
  • Cloud infrastructure engineers
  • Software developers
  • Software testers
  • Security engineers
  • Database administrators
  • Product owners

Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online courses
  2. You'll be certified in just 3 days. With us, you’ll be trained in record time
  3. Our course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  4. Pass first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 77062 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business

Benefits

Benefits of Training with Firebrand

  • Two options of training - Residential classroom-based, or online courses
  • A purpose-built training centre – get access to dedicated Pearson VUE Select facilities
  • Certification Guarantee – pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)
  • Everything you need to certify – you’ll sit your exam at the earliest available opportunity after the course - either immediately after your classroom course, or as soon as there are slots available, if you've taken it online
  • No hidden extras – one cost covers everything you need to certify

Curriculum

Section 1: Introducing DevOps

  • Module 1: Understand the traditional IT challenges that exist, which have allowed DevOps to emerge as the most logical way to operate in an IT environment
  • Module 2: Recall the history of DevOps and associated key events
  • Module 3: Understand what is involved when an organisation embarks on an Agile and DevOps transformation journey
  • Module 4: Understand what the business case justification is for a DevOps transformation

Section 2: Benefits of DevOps 

  • Module 1: Show understanding of the various Agile practices that compliment a DevOps way of working
  • Module 2: Understand why an organisation should focus on products and services and how DevOps allows the benefits of these to thrive
  • Module 3: Understand why autonomous teamwork is vital for DevOps to be successful, relying on teams to deliver sustainable value
  • Module 4: Understand the CALMS model and the impact it has on a DevOps transformation

Section 3: Culture

  • Module 1: Understand the various models that explain how teams operate differently, depending on the circumstances and context, and how teams may be better equipped to succeed within the right culture
  • Module 2: Explain that team agility is a mindset: a common understanding within a team of how to operate in as lean a way as possible, which should not become a set of processes
  • Module 3: Explain why cross-functional teams are mandatory to allow for commitment-based delivery and fully autonomous teams
  • Module 4: Understand the key differences between motivators and de-motivators that ultimately lead to job satisfaction
  • Module 5: Explain the differences between servant leadership and traditional management techniques, understanding which is more appropriate for modern IT delivery

Section 4: Automation

  • Module 1: Explain what Continuous Integration (CI) is and why it is vital for any organisation looking to reduce their time to market, with a regular cadence of deliverable working software
  • Module 2: Improve agility and automation via the application of various environmental management practices and techniques
  • Module 3: Understand how to apply critical release management activities; planning, scheduling and controlling a software build through different stages and environments
  • Module 4: Explain that test automation is the use of software to control the execution of tests, allowing for the comparison of actual outcomes with predicted outcomes
  • Module 5: Explain how deployments in DevOps allow changes to travel the entire pipeline and get promoted into production automatically, resulting in multiple deployments daily
  • Module 6: Understand how to use data and data management to ensure code is ready for production

Section 5: Lean

  • Module 1: Apply techniques to maximise flow optimisation within a team
  • Module 2: Understand why Work In Progress (WIP) is potentially extremely wasteful and apply various techniques to help to limit WIP, allowing for a better workflow
  • Module 3: Know the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and recall basic constraint management practices
  • Module 4: Explain the 8 Types of Waste according to Lean guidelines and why each type may be considered to have a negative effect on productivity
  • Module 5: Understand that a customer focus, which provides the customer with a better product or service, should always be the driving factor of a DevOps team

Section 6: Measurement

  • Module 1: Understand how product goals should be clearly aligned with business goals, to ensure that value is being added
  • Module 2: Understand the different metrics that can be used to determine a successful delivery
  • Module 3: Understand the different metrics that can be used to ensure the business operations are working as effectively as possible
  • Module 4: Understand how captured metrics may be analysed to ensure that feedback is used appropriately and efficiently
  • Module 5: Explain the differences between Lead Time and Cycle Time; specifically, that Lead Time ends at delivery, whereas Cycle Time is when the item is ready for delivery

Section 7: Sharing

  • Module 1: Explain why collaboration is vital for DevOps success and what can be done to ensure that collaboration remains consistent throughout a product delivery
  • Module 2: Explain the reasons for implementing feedback loops wherever possible, focusing on the key benefits around agility and flexibility, to build the right product which is fit for purpose
  • Module 3: Explain the benefits of visualising aspects such as work, workflow and blockers and be able to highlight why visualising encourages further ad-hoc collaboration
  • Module 4: Understand why the Business and IT teams must work together daily, to ensure that all goals are clearly aligned
  • Module 5: Understand why high performing teams are always looking for opportunities to crosslearn and develop new skills

Section 8: Common DevOps Roles

  • Module 1: Understand the key duties and responsibilities of the following distinct roes within a DevOps team
  • Module 2: DevOps Evangelist
  • Module 3: Automation Architect
  • Module 4: Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
  • Module 5: Software Developer
  • Module 6: Software Tester
  • Module 7: Security Engineer
  • Module 8: Database Administrator
  • Module 9: Product Owner

Section 9: Common DevOps Practices and Techniques 

  • Module 1: Explain the practices of both Continuous Integration (CI) and Testing and Deployment, detailing how they work together to formulate the technical excellence required for DevOps delivery teams
  • Module 2: Explain that Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is the process of managing and provisioning data centres through definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration tools
  • Module 3: Explain the importance of Test Driven Development (TDD) and why this practice allows delivery teams to focus on developing the simplest, most robust solutions possible
  • Module 4: Understand that a toolchain is a combined set of programming tools, which can be used to perform a complex software development task
  • Module 5: Understand that distributed version control is a form of version control, where the complete codebase is mirrored on every engineer’s machine
  • Module 6: Understand the various tools that can be used to ensure effective production monitoring
  • Module 7: Understand the key differences between public, private and hybrid cloud technologies

Section 10: Relevant Methods and Approaches for DevOps Teams

  • Module 1: Explain what DevOps topologies and Target Operating Models (TOM) are and why an organisation might use them as part of their DevOps transformation
  • Module 2: Explain what scrum development delivery is and why this Agile development framework is particularly appropriate for delivery teams within a DevOps-focused organisation
  • Module 3: Explain how Kanban workflow can be used to identify bottlenecks, improve the overall delivery process and visualise the workflow
  • Module 4: Understand that transformational leadership is required at all levels of the organisation to successfully transform to a DevOps environment
  • Module 5: Explain what full-stack engineering is and understand the benefits of building delivery teams consisting of full-stack engineers
  • Module 6: Understand how collective ownership can form strong teams with focused, shared goals
  • Module 7: Understand why Continuous Experimentation is vital to ensure that creative solutions are always sought to solve problems presented by the business and that Continuous Experimentation allows for early and safe failure

Exam Track

As part of your accelerated course, you’ll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

BCS Foundation Certificate in DevOps exam

  • Format: Multiple-choice
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Number of questions: 40
  • Passing score: 65% (26/40)
  • Domains:
    1. Introducing DevOps (5%)
    2. Benefits of DevOps (10%)
    3. Culture (15%)
    4. Automation (15%)
    5. Lean (10%)
    6. Measurement (10%)
    7. Sharing (10%)
    8. Common DevOps Roles (5%)
    9. Common DevOps Practices and Techniques (10%)
    10. Relevant Methods and Approaches for DevOps Teams (10%)

What's Included

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)

Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for this accelerated course.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.

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