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BCS DevOps Foundation

    The BCS Foundation Level Certificate in DevOps is a great starting point for an individual or organization wishing to embark upon the DevOps journey. A core understanding of fundamental DevOps values, practices, and techniques is essential for learning, as candidates move towards improved workflows and faster deployments. The Foundation Certificate in DevOps promotes framework-agnostic learning; core DevOps values will be at the heart of all discussions, citing specific textbook examples to support these values.

FOR INDIVIDUALS

Benefits include:

  • Show understanding of the various Agile practices that complement a DevOps way of working.
  • Understand the CALMS model and the impact it has on a DevOps transformation
  • Explain the differences between servant leadership and traditional management techniques, understanding which is more appropriate for modern IT delivery.

FOR ORGANISATIONS

Benefits include:

  • Understand why autonomous teamwork is vital for DevOps to be successful, relying on teams to deliver sustainable value.

    Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and some basic application of the following aspects of DevOps:

    Origins. (Introducing DevOps) - Candidates will be able to:

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

Culture and Teams - Candidates will be able to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explain why cross-functional teams are mandatory to allow for commitment-based delivery and fully autonomous teams.
  • Understand the key differences between motivators and de-motivators that ultimately lead to job satisfaction.
  • Explain the differences between servant leadership and traditional management techniques, understanding which is more appropriate for modern IT delivery.

Automation - Candidates will be able to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explain why cross-functional teams are mandatory to allow for commitment-based delivery and fully autonomous teams.
  • Understand the key differences between motivators and de-motivators that ultimately lead to job satisfaction.
  • Explain the differences between servant leadership and traditional management techniques, understanding which is more appropriate for modern IT delivery.

Lean - Candidates will be able to:

  • Apply techniques to maximize flow optimisation within a team.
  • Understand why Work in Progress (WIP) is potentially extremely wasteful and apply various techniques to help to limit WIP, allowing for a better workflow.
  • Know the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and recall basic constraint management practices.
  • Explain the 8 Types of Waste according to Lean guidelines and why each type may be considered to have a negative effect on productivity. NB: there is no requirement to understand include or extend constructs.
  • 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.

Measurement - Candidates will be able to:

  • Understand how product goals should be clearly aligned with business goals, to ensure that value is being added.
  • Understand the different metrics that can be used to determine a successful delivery.
  • Understand the different metrics that can be used to ensure the business operations are working as effectively as possible.
  • Understand how captured metrics may be analysed to ensure that feedback is used appropriately and efficiently.
  • 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.

Sharing - Candidates will be able to:

  • Explain why collaboration is vital for DevOps success and what can be done to ensure that collaboration remains consistent throughout a product delivery.
  • 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.
  • Explain the benefits of visualizing aspects such as work, workflow, and blockers and be able to highlight why visualizing encourages further ad-hoc collaboration.
  • Understand why the Business and IT teams must work together daily, to ensure that all goals are clearly aligned.
  • Understand why high-performing teams are always looking for opportunities to cross-learn and develop new skills.

Common DevOps Roles - Candidates will be able to:

Understand the key duties and responsibilities of the following distinct roles within a DevOps team:

  • DevOps Evangelist.
  • Automation Architect.
  • Cloud Infrastructure Engineer.
  • Software Developer.
  • Software Tester.
  • Security Engineer.
  • Database Administrator.
  • Product Owner.

Common DevOps Practices and Techniques - Candidates will be able to:

  • 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. 9.2 Explain that Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is the process of managing and provisioning data centres through definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration tools.
  • 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.
  • Understand that a toolchain is a combined set of programming tools, which can be used to perform a complex software development task.
  • Understand that distributed version control is a form of version control, where the complete codebase is mirrored on every engineer’s machine.
  • Understand the various tools that can be used to ensure effective production monitoring.
  • Understand the key differences between public, private, and hybrid cloud technologies.

Relevant Methods and Approaches for DevOps Teams - Candidates will be able to:

  • Explain what DevOps topologies and Target Operating Models (TOM) are and why an organisation might use them as part of their DevOps transformation.
  • Explain what scrum development delivery is and why this Agile development framework is particularly appropriate for delivery teams within a DevOps-focused organisation.
  • Explain how Kanban workflow can be used to identify bottlenecks, improve the overall delivery process and visualise the workflow.
  • Understand that transformational leadership is required at all levels of the organisation to successfully transform into a DevOps environment.
  • Accreditation examination provided by BCS
  • The exam is a closed book examination
  • 60 minutes in duration and consists of 40 multi-choice questions.
  • Successful candidates will need to score 26 (65%) or more out of 40 to pass.
  • Additional 15 minutes for some eligible candidates.
  • There are no pre-requisites for entry to the examination, although accredited training is strongly recommended.

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