With your business and technology teams at odds, you’ll need a cultural shift for DevOps to work. There’s a course that helps.

Businesses are demanding ever shorter release cycles for applications and features. This has led development teams to largely embrace Agile, yet they still struggle to deliver in a predictable, regular cadence.

Meanwhile, traditional Operations teams are seen as a barrier because of lengthy, bureaucratic controls and delays in provisioning environments and releases to production systems. All of which has sparked a growing movement that embraces DevOps for shortening development cycles by integrating development and operations into the team.

But DevOps requires a mindset shift, new behaviors and a cultural shift in both sides of the aisle in IT.  Additionally, the business must take a larger role in the development of technology solutions.

Traditionally each is suspicious of the other, but for DevOps to work, they now must work closely together. 

Why This Happens

The reason your business and technology teams are at odds is because:

  • DevOps is often seen as a technology solution – automated coding, deployment, testing.
  • DevOps is not a framework or method. It is an approach, a philosophy based on principles.
  • DevOps is not that difficult to understand, but it has a huge impact on the way people need to behave.

This is where many companies struggle to adopt and deploy DevOps. To be successful, you must change the culture.

How to Solve This

To solve this issue, we have partnered with GamingWorks, a leader in business simulation game development, to offer The Phoenix Project Business Simulation Workshop based on the popular book, “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win.” 

This is unique experiential training where participants will experience the pain of conflicting priorities, the challenges with siloed organizations, and the difference between communication and collaboration in a hands-on manner.

By experiencing the improvements DevOps makes in just one day, they are able to see the long-term benefits for their organization. Also, by experiencing, rather than being told, it makes the learning objectives more permanent.

More on The Phoenix Project

In the book, the company Parts Unlimited is in trouble. Newspapers are reporting the early demise of the company due to its poor financial performance and outlook. The only way to save the company and make it competitive and profitable is “The Phoenix Project” – an IT-enabled business transformation.

The VP of IT Operations is asked to take the lead of the IT department and ensure that “The Phoenix Project” will be a success. However, the VP of IT Operations is facing a tremendous amount of work, including projects from HR, Retail Operations, and multiple other issues.

The simulation is based on the book, and challenges your team to use DevOps principles to ensure the “The Phoenix Project” is finished on time.

What You Will Learn

Although course objectives can be customized to meet specific learning needs, these are generally the main objectives:

  • How to apply DevOps principles in a real life situation.
  • How to find the right balance between delivering your SLA requirements and your IT projects according to plan.
  • How to experience how DevOps can bring serious value to your business.
  • How to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your IT Department.
  • How to create better flow in your teams.
  • How to develop people skills to act in a DevOps environment.
  • How to show the business side their responsibilities in making IT projects more successful.

Learn more about the course