Agile Infrastructure Boot Camp

In the quest for end-to-end value and the rise of infrastructure-as-a-service, agile practices are increasingly applicable to traditional hardware roles. Downstream operations also sorely need the political cover and WiP techniques promoted by agility. You can’t talk about Agile infrastructure without talking about DevOps – the professional movement which is both a reaction to and an expansion of Agile success in software engineering. As agility increases speed and quality with which development teams produce features and products, it creates challenges for other departments tasked with deploying and maintaining them. DevOps and agile transformations are the keys to bridging these organizational gaps, bringing agility to areas of IT beyond the development shop, and resolving bottlenecks and handoff challenges in the downstream technology value chain.

Retail Price: $1,750.00

Next Date: 07/29/2024

Course Days: 2

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In this Agile Infrastructure Course, You Will Learn How to: 

  • Adopt agile practices for working with traditional IT hardware
  • Establish literacy with how agile practices apply to non-technology work
  • Apply agile methods for managing infrastructure-as-a-service and cloud services
  • Learn how agility can be adapted to work with networks, databases, routers, and other operational infrastructure
  • Better integrate upstream technology project work with downstream dependencies
  • Better manage work-in-process (WIP) through techniques like Kanban and WiP limits
  • Better processes for managing planned vs. unplanned work
  • Adopt agile practices for better avoiding emergencies and heroics
  • Learn what has worked well in other organizations

Who should attend

IT operations professionals that work with infrastructure, hardware and/or IT services looking to adopt Agile principles.


Course Outline

Part 1: The Case for Agility and DevOps

  1. The heritage of Agile and DevOps
  2. The business case for DevOps
  3. Common Agile DevOps principles
  4. Goals of Agile DevOps
  5. Understanding the overall value chain

Exercise: Defining your goals

Part 2: Critical Principles of Agile & Scrum

  1. Effective and quick response to change
  2. Feedback loops
  3. Adaptation of work
  4. Cross-functional roles
  5. Continuous Integration
  6. Timeboxing
  7. Velocity tracking
  8. Linking work to end value
  9. Mindset and culture

Exercise: Assessing cultural profile

Part 3: Agile Infrastructure

  1. Iterating operational work
  2. Scrum in operational work
  3. Unified IT retrospectives
  4. Designing infrastructure goals
  5. Matching infrastructure to application goals
  6. Cloud engineering benefits
  7. Reducing skills-based silos
  8. Tools for implementing agile infrastructure

Part 4: Sprints - Agile Practices Applied

  1. Planning
  2. Vision
  3. Roadmaps
  4. Running a sprint
  5. Maintaining a backlog
  6. Grooming a backlog
  7. Retrospectives
  8. Velocity and velocity tracking
  9. Stakeholder roles

Exercise: An operational sprint simulation

Part 5: Managing Work in Process (WIP)

  1. Planned vs. Unplanned work
  2. The danger of heroics
  3. Queuing and slack
  4. Prioritization heuristics
  5. Preparing for and avoiding emergencies

Exercise: Understanding value streams and WiP

Part 6: Kanban - Tracking Operational and IT Service Work

  1. The Kanban system
  2. Kanban roots: gaining perspective
  3. Visualizing work
  4. Push vs. pull stimulus
  5. Lean principles
  6. Upper and lower work limits
  7. Queues and buffers
  8. Bottlenecks
  9. Blocked Work

Part 7: Waste and Application of Lean Principles

  1. Overproduction
  2. Work in Progress (WIP)
  3. Overburdening of teams
  4. Time available (idle states or waiting)
  5. Processing
  6. Inventory, stock, unused assets
  7. Handoffs and movement of work
  8. Defects
  9. Latent skill

Exercise: Identifying waste

Part 8: Scalability

  1. Linking business value to operational work
  2. Scaled Agile principles for increased capacity
  3. Automation and scaled infrastructure
  4. Prioritization
  5. Throttling operational work
  6. Dissolving operational silos

Part 9: Going Back to Work with a Plan

  1. Identifying your goals
  2. Next steps
Course Dates Course Times (EST) Delivery Mode GTR
7/29/2024 - 7/30/2024 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Virtual Enroll
10/24/2024 - 10/25/2024 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Virtual Enroll