DevOps InstituteDevOps as a movement has flourished over the last 4 or 5 years in spite of or perhaps because it has defied precise definition. There is no manifesto or similar treatise that lays out the immutable facts of DevOps. In fact the community has coalesced around a Wikipedia article as a non-definitive, definitive definition. However, DevOps does not exist in a vacuum. The founders of the DevOps Institute believe that for DevOps to reach its true potential best practices will have to be codified. Training based on these best practices will lead to better and consistent results. Enterprises will demand that DevOps training develop in line with traditional IT training including certifications evidencing proficiency.

The DevOps Institute was founded by Lisa Schwartz, Jayne Groll and Alan Shimel. Lisa and Jayne have a long and successful history in the IT training arena, having founded the ITSM Academy over 10 years ago. Prior to that both Lisa and Jayne had long careers in the IT field. Shimel is the founder of DevOps.com, the leading source of DevOps related content on the Internet. Prior to that Alan has a 25+ year career in entrepreneurial  IT ventures in software development, data centers and managed services.

All three co-founders have a deep desire to see DevOps fulfill the mission of transforming the way IT is practiced. Not only for development, not just for operations, but for QA, security and even sales and marketing; all have a role in DevOps.

They strongly believe that for DevOps to gain full acceptance by enterprise organizations best practices based curriculums have to be developed. Enterprises will require certifications to not only show a return on their investment in training, but more importantly a certification in a DOI course will signify that the applicant has been trained in the highest quality, best practices based training available.

Initially the DOI offers DevOps Foundation and Certified Agile Service Manager courses. In the near future additional role-based classes in DevOps with attendant certifications will also be offered.

Inclusive in every sense

The DOI team recognizes that the DevOps community has to have a leading role in defining the curriculum and ensuring that any certified course meets the community’s needs.  As a result the DOI has appointed a Board of Regents to oversee the courses offered by the Institute. The BOR reviews all curriculum and materials for all DOI classes. Additionally, they offer input in designing and updating all classes.

The BOR is made up of leading lights in the DevOps community, as well as the larger IT and IT training community. The membership of the board will evolve over time to ensure the DOI always represents the highest quality in DevOps related training.

In addition to its own courses which can be delivered by Registered Education Partners, the DOI will also certify and test for other DevOps related courses and training developed by others. All classes are reviewed by DOI and the BOR.  A syllabus will be published for all DOI courses that can be used by other education providers to develop their own courses.

We recognize that certified DevOps training is new to the DevOps world. But the time has come for DevOps to take its next step. To succeed best practices need to be codified and taught in the time honored methods used by IT for over 40 years. Not that DevOps isn’t different, it most certainly represents a new way of thinking, doing and acting within IT and organizations as a whole. But that doesn’t mean traditional education and training, including certifications will not be applicable. 

Make no mistake about it, we expect over the next few months there will be several organizations offering some type of DevOps training and perhaps certification (AWS already does offer a DevOps engineer certification). Our mission is to make the DOI the standard for quality as this field matures.

We welcome your input in helping the Institution fulfill its mission.