By: Najib Radzuan
This article was written because I received several requests through my personal LinkedIn account in response to a post about gaining my DevOps Leader (DOL)® certification. My peers were asking for me to share tips, study material, useful courses, and whether I attended training. Rather than sending an individual message to each of them, I created this article. Before we jump into study suggestions and tips, here’s some information about DevOps Institute’s DevOps Leader (DOL)® certification course, modules, and how they evaluate your marks or grade. The following information is gathered from DevOps Institute and other resources related to DOL certification.
DevOps describes a culture and a set of tasks that bring together Development and Operations teams for the development of software. It enables companies to develop and improve products more quickly than they otherwise could through traditional approaches. Moreover, it has rapidly gained in popularity. The DevOps approach regenerates the teams with greater performance, concentration, and productivity through teamwork, connectivity, automation, and a set of established best practices. However, for a company, it is necessary to use the methodology fully from an experienced and qualified DevOps practitioner. The DOL course is perfect for educating DevOps executives and senior DevOps engineers. This course is special. This will allow DevOps professionals to free up valuable resources for employment and networking.
The learning objectives for DOL include a practical understanding of:
There are 8 main modules and objectives in the DOL course;
The DevOps Leader (DOL) exam requires knowledge of the specific topic areas below:
I have not taken the DOL course or formal training and have only studied based on the course and modules I’ve listed above. Here are tips on how I studied recently for my DOL certification exam – you can follow the guidelines here or refer to other resources as well for more knowledge.
You need to know the definition of DevOps and its benefit to organizations. You also need to know how leadership style can lead to DevOps transformation and DevOps journeys in an organization. Here are some URLs that you can read for this module;
There are several materials you can find on the internet related to unlearning behavior, including a video from Helen Beal that I like the most. By watching her video you will know how psychology and neuroscience influence your DevOps journey.
You also need to know why we need Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) in DevOps or DevSecOps. Why GRC should be seen as a key DevOps enabler:
SCARF Model for Social Behavior; SCARF Model
You need to know how DevOps differs from traditional IT, DevOps Kaizen and explain how to help people participate in DevOps cultures;
You need to know how Value Stream Maps are used in DevOps. You also need to know how to use Value Stream Mapping;
You should know how to improve your work based on Value Stream Maps and understand how they can be used to identify improvement opportunities;
What is the Target Operating Model (TOM) for DevOps and the desired outcomes of DevOps by TOM?. The difference between TOM and Organization Design (OD)? There are also laws or terminology you should know, such as Conway’s Law and Little’s Law and how the teach us about DevOps;
The DevOps Target Operating Model;
Spotify Organization Model is also in this module and you can learn about it via this medium post;
Describe organizational change and how it impacts large Enterprises. You should be able to explain how to broadcast outside of your organization.
Explain how high-trust culture works in DevOps organizations and the business cases for DevOps. Kolb’s Learning style is also a famous question in this module;
You may refer to DevOps Institute’s brief on their DOL V2.0 Course, which includes some new topics that you should familiarize yourself with. You also need to know several terms and principles such as;
Good luck on your DevOps Leader (DOL) exam — and trust me — the more you read about DevOps, the more prepared you will be for your DOL exam. Because if we’re not doing the reading part, then how can we answer or prepare for the exam, right?. Here is my DOL Certificate from DevOps Institute, I hope I can at least help you to prepare for your DOL Certification Exam. Let’s #ContinuouslyLearn and #StayHuman.
Disclaimer: This post is not directly from the #DevOpsInstitute and is solely from my experience. This is also not the ultimate guideline or material for the DOL certificate. You may also refer to other resources and material to get more knowledge and prepare for your DOL exam.