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The DevOps Leader course is a unique and practical experience for participants who want to take a transformational leadership approach and make an impact within their organisation by implementing DevOps. Leading people through a cultural transformation requires new skills, innovative thinking, and transformational leadership. Leaders up, down and across the IT organisation must align and collaborate to break down silos and evolve the organisation.

The course highlights the human dynamics of cultural change and equips participants with practices, methods, and tools to engage people across the DevOps spectrum through the use of real-life scenarios and case studies. Upon completion of the course, participants will have tangible takeaways to leverage when back in the office such as understanding Value Stream Mapping.

The course was developed by leveraging key DevOps leadership sources to extract real-life best practices in leading DevOps initiatives, such as the Spotify Squad Model, and has been designed to teach the key differences and emerging practices for cultural transformation through leadership in a fast-paced DevOps and Agile environment.

This certification positions learners to successfully complete the DevOps Leader exam.

Learning outcomes

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 organising
  • Understanding performance and culture
  • Measurement differences
  • Designing a DevOps organisation
  • Focusing on what matters
  • Ideas for organising workflows
  • Sharing information
  • Defining meaningful metrics
  • Value stream mapping

Learner 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


Who should attend

The target audience for the DevOps Leader course are professionals including:

  • Anyone starting or leading a DevOps cultural transformation program
  • Anyone interested in modern IT leadership and organisational change approaches
  • Business Managers
  • Business Stakeholders
  • Change Agents
  • Consultants
  • DevOps Consultants
  • DevOps Engineers
  • IT Directors
  • IT Managers
  • IT Team Leaders
  • Lean Coaches
  • Practitioners
  • Product Owners
  • Scrum Masters
  • System Integrators
  • Tool Providers

Course contents

1.   Course Introduction

Course Goals
Course Agenda

2.   DevOps and Time

What Is DevOps?
Why Do DevOps
Companies Doing DevOps
The Magic Equation

3.   Key Differences Between DevOps IT and Traditional IT

What Sets DevOps IT apart from Traditional IT
How DevOps IT is Organised Differently
How to Perform to a Different Standard
How to Use Different Measurements

4.   Becoming a DevOps organisation

Transformational Leadership
Redesigning An Organisation for DevOps
Design Principles

  • Focus
  • Work
  • Information
  • Metrics
5.   Value Stream Mapping

What is Value Stream Mapping?
Why Do We Need to Use this Framework?
Types of Maps
How to Create a Value Stream Map?
Types of Data to Collect
How to Handle Exceptions
Value Stream Mapping Exercise

6.   Squad Organisational Model

Conway's Law
The Problem with Silos
Spotify’s Squad Organisation Model (Structure, Roles)
How to Reorganise in Order to Move to this Model

7.   Managing Cultural Change

What is Culture and How Does it Impact Performance?
Types of IT Culture
Cultural Traits of a DevOps Organisation
How to Manage Change

8.   Culture and its Impact on Performance

Types of IT Culture
What is a DevOps Culture
How To Manage Change
The Three Phases Of Change
Types of Changes That Need to be Implemented

9.   Popular DevOps Tools and Practices

DevOps Tools Periodic Table
Top DevOps Tool Categories
Common and Popular Practices
Building a Business Case

10.   Bringing it all Together
11.    Additional Sources of Information
12.   Exam Preparations

Exam Requirements, Question Weighting, and Terminology List
Sample Exam Review

Course fees

DevOps Leader (DOL)

$ TBC + gst per person

Fees include:

  • Course presentation
  • Course workbook
  • DevOps Leader Exam Voucher - 90 Day Validity


There are no mandatory pre-requites for this course however it is recommended that the DevOps Foundation Course is sat prior to ensure participants are aligned with the baseline DevOps definitions and principles.

DevOps Leader Certificate Exam

Once you’ve completed your training, you can gain a globally recognised certification with the DevOps Leader Exam.  An exam voucher is provided after the training course. The exam is online and web-based, so you can take it any place, any time. Note: The exam voucher has a 90 Day Validity period.

The exam details are as follows:

  • 60 minutes
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark of 65% (26 out of 40)
  • Open book
  • Web-based (single-browser)

Successfully passing the examination leads to the candidate’s designation as a certified DevOps Leader (DOL). The certification is governed and maintained by the DevOps Institute.