Is the SAFe DevOps Certification For Me? - DevOps - For You?

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 Whew, this has gone on for a much longer word count than I expected! Is the new SDP certification for you? Yes, I believe that it is, if you are:

  1. A Developer who:
    1. Is involved in DevOps
    2. Has people regularly coming to you for DevOps answers
    3. Wants to grow your career in or into DevOps
    4. Is suffering under the old way of delivering software
  2. A Manager who:
    1. Interfaces with or runs a DevOps team
    2. Wants to lead your teams into a much more sustainable way to deliver software
    3. Is tired of shuffling on-call schedules during deployments and other pain points from how it used to be done
  3. A Leader who:
    1. Wants to reduce the risk inherent in any big-bang deployment
    2. Wants to protect not only your company, but the people in it
    3. Wants to attract the best, brightest tech people to working for you

And of course, if you are any of those roles working in a development shop that already practices SAFe, then, yes, this course is for you. After all, SAI has been preaching DevOps for a while now, the knowledge represented in this course is nothing new, only the certification is.

One short, personal note: My first introduction to DevOps was back in 2014 and it was old style. We did big-bang deployments that touched thousands of users all at once, and it was a flaming dumpster fire. The lady who was standing in as the release coordinator routinely clocked in 70-hour weeks at every single deployment. For weeks at a time. That's a horrible thing to do to any human being.

Since then I’ve helped many organizations do a better job at DevOps, and it’s hugely rewarding to see how far this discipline has come. Wherever you sit on your company’s org chart, you owe it to your company, the people around you, and yourself to get these skills under your belt. Don't worry about the SAFe .

Thank you all for your time, I hope this post has been helpful.

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