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About the Course

This course gives you the basic foundational principles of DevOps with a particular focus on culture and the DevOps mindset. We’ll learn about how DevOps is grounded in lean principles, and how it can help improve collaboration between developers and operations team members. We'll learn about ideas regarding systems thinking, feedback loops, continuous improvement, loosely coupled architecture and teams, managing risk, and dealing with unplanned work. We’ll learn about strategies to manage work, monitor it, keep it organized, and maintain a high level of quality by following key DevOps principles. We’ll also discuss various organizational models and structures that are used by companies in their DevOps transformations. You’ll learn about value stream mapping, and ensuring continuous workflow. Ultimately, we'll learn key ideas and tactics that you can employ at your own organizations to improve both time-to-market and increase the value delivered for your customers, no matter your product line or industry....

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Apr 25, 2021

This course opening up my mind on the importance of DevOps in IT enviroment. It gives me good understanding on how to approach DevOps as culture transformation programme in my current organization


Nov 15, 2021

It gives you a strong fundemental knowledge about DevOps. If you are a complete beginner or want to improve your knowledge about the Philosopy behind the DevOps I strongly suggest this course!

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By Jennifer E

Jun 10, 2020

The course content is great. The instructor has real-world experience that's relevant, and she incorporates information about how to transition organizations. The (very) bad part of the course is that the final project is peer-reviewed. I had to extend my course timeline because no one reviewed my final project in the week it was submitted/due. Then I had to resubmit my final project because the initial reviewers marked me as missing half the assignment, though it was complete. And when it was re-reviewed by other learners, I got a decent grade but they still marked me down as missing things that were whole pages in the presentation. There is apparently no recourse for dealing with this, either, other than to resubmit your assignment and hope for better, more honest reviewers. There apparently isn't an instructor monitoring what happens or remediating issues from the peer reviews. You either get good reviewers and an accurate grade...or you don't.

By Ally B

Mar 25, 2019

Great introduction to DevOps - you don't need to be a technical person to complete this course and understand the principles and benefit a DevOps mindset and approach can bring.

Lecturer is clear, succinct and uses real-life examples from her career to illustrate key concepts.

By Patrick B

May 22, 2019

The course was great it answered questions I had about DevOps and provide a good guideline and references to work with.

the assignments were good and cemented the learning undertaken.

By Nicolás R M

May 6, 2019

Having the oportunity to learn from a well devops experienced teacher, gives you the idea of how much real impact organization culture can boost organization performance. The assigments are oriented in order to take real actions to transform your team and leader mindset. This is the most powerful of the course. Also, lessons are well structured so you never get lost about any concept.

By Prasad N

Aug 30, 2019

One of the best courses I have ever attended. The course focuses on culture, mindset with good examples unlike other which says DevOps as technology. Here the instructor has done very good job with examples.

I would request her to take Infra as A Code which will be useful.

By Kirill M

Feb 24, 2020

Primary course target audience is within one's company management level, it may be beneficial at DevOps engineering level to understand the big picture only. It does not focus on technical implementation and tools as such which many people may be looking for in such a course. This should be clear from course name and description though. Anyway beware of that before you enroll.

The course introduces learners to a wide range of DevOps practices, although practical application is hardly covered. There are a couple of good excersises helping to put those concepts into practical perspective, but it does not go beyond writing up presentation to top management.

Last exercise requires completion of Value stream mapping which is introduced as a general idea without actual information on its application in practical terms. This applies to other DevOps practices. I coped with that part because I completed offline class on Lean a long time ago, but others may have to do their homework on finding related information on the Internet to figure out how to complete it in practice.

One of the biggest challenges one faces when introducing anything discussed in this course is actual transformation of organizational culture and winning colleagues' support. This has to be discussed somehow within such a course, I believe. There are a number of other challenges implementing such practices one has to be aware of, but tutor mostly focuses on her own success stories rather then talking about those things. This is where course can be improved a lot.

By Lochan M

Apr 4, 2020

The course assignments are never completed as they completely depends on other feedback.

By Josue G T A

Nov 7, 2021

Great course to start a journey to DevOps, I was not 100% sure were to start and decided to take a look to this option and it was exactly information that can be digested for a beginner.

By Ibrahim A

Apr 7, 2020

Excellent course. Rich of real-life examples that can help in understanding the DevOps principles and best practices. Highly recommended for IT leaders and management.

By Stevanus S

Jan 1, 2021

Great introduction to the principles and practices of DevOps. However, the contents are more relevant and useful for leaders and management than actual developers.

By Cláudio A d S

Feb 27, 2020

The course shows that DevOps is much more than just tools and automation. It' s an excelent introductory course. I liked the cases from the instructor's professional experience in industry and the given references for further reading. I do recommend this course.

By Sam H

Oct 13, 2019

Being new to DevOps, I found this course really interesting and challenging. I've got a really good basic understanding and have gone on to read The Phoenix Project, which showed it all working in practice.

By Dharma K

Jul 22, 2021

Class is well organized and lectures are very clear and useful. Peer Review assignment requires more work and perhaps include a video lecture on it. I would recommend taking this class.

By Amit B

Jun 23, 2021

This is a wonderful course on DevOps, it helped me to understand the DevOps principals and best practices. It helps to understand how DevOps can be adopted in an organizations.

By Alejandro

Aug 21, 2019

The insight and recommend KPI and approach how to manage and switch from traditional IT silos to joint the team and change the work culture is so powerful.

By Yuri S e S

Apr 11, 2020

Great content and Courtney is passionate for what she does and likes to share her knowledge. Very interesting course.

By Jeff M

Dec 31, 2018

Excellent and timely course for anyone involved in software engineering and contributing to delivering product.

By Kristian H

May 28, 2020

Exploring DevOps mainly from a leadership rather than an IT perspective, the course should be extremely beneficial for virtually everyone in business. It is well-organised and clearly structured, with the included assignments effectively deepening your learning. Even if you're not technically involved in development but have experience in digital projects (for instance, interacting with development, QA, and cybersecurity teams), you will be able to follow the course and relate to it easily. With DevOps' focus on creating value for the customer as well as experimentation and iteration with quick feedback loops, there are clear parallels to design thinking. I also enjoyed the energetic delivery of Courtney Kissler-Hawkins; she's clearly a passionate advocate of DevOps.


Oct 4, 2022

For me, having gone through the entire process of this course has been a wonderful experience. I learned the great importance of working as a team so that the processes can be integrated as much as possible. With the integration of areas and oppositions, you work more effectively and the results are amazing. I congratulate in a very special way the staff and the course tools for the way in which the materials of this course are composed. I also congratulate the other students who participate. I hope to meet again soon in a next course. Greetings and thanks

By Bruno X

Mar 22, 2022

This course drives me through DevOps and helps me to understand all my Lean knowledge from Industry applying in Software companies.

I really do recommend you to do this course, especially if you already know about Lean, problem solving and are passionate about culture change. This course will aggregate to your career

Take it seriously, took notes, and push the activities in a real scenario, which also may help you to absolve the best here.

Thanks, Courtney Kissler to share with us!


Mar 2, 2021

Must-have course for everyone who wants to deep-dive into what DevOps Methodology really is and shape their new/current knowledge into solid structure. Courtney Kissler made a great job in delivering priceless information in an easy to comprehend format. Unlike in many other courses, Tasks and Assignments in this course really make you think and practice the theory, so at the end of they day you can come out with real templates for your Organization.

By Shiny V

Mar 30, 2021

The course is well defined and explained by the trainer in a lucid manner making the concepts easier to grasp. Practical applicability and perceivable results based on the personal experiences shared by the trainer enhance and add immense value to the overall course. There is an incredible clarity in the material, that follows a logical sequence of topics culminating in action points that can help the learner implement them.

By Pedro C

Mar 25, 2022

Great course, nice video contents and lessons.Detailed info on DevOps Principles and Practices mapped with real life examples from Courtney's vast experience that help to consolidate the subjects. Awesome tool to have deeper insights on DevOps concepts, to help with DevOps adoption and to advocate for DevOps on all levels: from Developers to Board members. 

By Shudarshon C

Jun 29, 2020

One of the best course that I have taken ever! A must do course for those who are struggling to implement DevOps practice at the organization they are involved with. Course contents are very specific and to the point. I would highly suggest taking this course! You will benefit a lot if you a little bit experience of doing #devops

By Chippy S R

Sep 24, 2020

one of the best courses I enrolled in Coursera. The way of presentation coupled with real-life experiences of the instructor was the major takeaway from the Coursera. I recommend this course to all the beginners out there who want to know more about DevOps and the way it is to be scaled across one's organization.