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DO-PEOPLECERT-LEAD - DevOps Leadership (By PeopleCert)


Duration: 2 days

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 organization by implementing DevOps. Leading people through a cultural transformation requires new skills, innovative thinking, and transformational leadership. Leaders up, down and across the IT organization must align and collaborate to break down silos and evolve the organization.

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.



On completion of this course, the following learning outcomes will be achieved:

  • DevOps and time to value
  • Mindset and mental models
  • Key differences between DevOps IT and traditional IT
  • Target operating models and organizational design
  • Performance management, rewards and motivation
  • Preparing investment cases
  • Focusing on value outcomes
  • Ideas for organizing workflows
  • Empowerment and participation
  • Defining meaningful metrics
  • Value stream mapping.


The target audience for this course are professionals, such as:

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


DevOps Leadership
  • Leadership characteristics
  • Lewin’s Model for Change and Improvement
  • 20/20 Vision for transformation
Aligning Transformation to Value Delivery
  • Drivers of Change
  • Gleicher’s Formula for Change
  • True North Values and Principles
  • Aligning Strategic and Team Goals
Planning and Approaching DevOps Transformation
  • Evolution of DevOps transformation
  • Stakeholder Management Process
Engaging and Implementing the Full Stack
  • The Westrum Model
  • Cross-functional teams and self-organisation
  • Trust-Ownership Model
  • Consideration for gathering, broadcasting and implementing feedback
  • Enabling flow across the value stream
  • Value Stream Maps and Waste
  • Breaking work into iterations
  • Agile and Scrum Pillars and Technique
  • Leadership for Continuous Delivery
  • DevOps Toolchain and Ecosystem
Validating Results and Sustaining DevOps Transformation
  • Continual Improvement mindset
  • DMAIC Model
  • Innovation and Collaboration
  • Resilience and Anti-Fragility
Course Review and Exam Preparation


There are no prerequisites to attending the DevOps Leader course or sitting the certification examination. Familiarity with DevOps definitions and principles are essential.


DevOps Leader (DOL)


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