DevOps Foundations

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DevOps is not a framework or a workflow. It's a culture that is overtaking the business world. DevOps ensures collaboration and communication between software engineers (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). With DevOps, changes make it to production faster. Resources are easier to share. And large-scale systems are easier to manage and maintain.

In this course, well-known DevOps practitioners Ernest Mueller and James Wickett provide an overview of the DevOps movement, focusing on the core value of CAMS (culture, automation, measurement, and sharing). They cover the various methodologies and tools an organization can adopt to transition into DevOps, looking at both agile and lean project management principles and how old-school principles like ITIL, ITSM, and SDLC fit within DevOps.

The course concludes with a discussion of the three main tenants of DevOps—infrastructure automation, continuous delivery, and reliability engineering—as well as some additional resources and a brief look into what the future holds as organizations transition from the cloud to serverless architectures.


  • Click here to view James Wickett’s instructor page

    James Wickett

    Head of Research at Verica & Author on DevOps and DevSecOps at LinkedIn Learning

    James Wickett is a speaker on software engineering topics ranging from security to development practices.

    James spends a lot of time at the intersection of the DevOps and security communities, and seeing the gap in software testing, James founded the open-source project, Gauntlt, to serve as a rugged testing framework.

    James works as a senior security engineer and developer advocate at Verica, and is he is the author of several courses on DevOps and DevSecOps. James is the creator and founder of the Lonestar Application Security Conference, which is the largest annual security conference in Austin, TX. He also runs DevOpsDays Austin and ServerlessDays Austin. He previously served on the global devopsdays board.

    In his spare time, he is trying to learn how to make a perfect BBQ brisket.

    You can book James to speak at your event through his website:
  • Click here to view Ernest Mueller’s instructor page

    Ernest Mueller

    Engineering Manager at Verica

    Ernest Mueller is the engineering manager at Verica.

    Ernest has a degree in electrical engineering from Rice University. He has been working in technology and technology management for more than 25 years, ranging from enterprises like FedEx, National Instruments, and AT&T cybersecurity to startups like Bazaarvoice, CopperEgg, Precision Autonomy, and Verica. He's been a web developer, operations engineer, product manager, engineering director, and more. He advocates for using Agile, Lean, DevOps, and smart management processes to solve business problems in a fast-moving world.

    Ernest is active in the DevOps movement and the Austin technical community. He helps organize the CloudAustin user group and the DevOpsDays Austin and All Day DevOps conferences. He blogs with a cadre of like-thinking professionals at

    Currently, Ernest resides in Round Rock, Texas. His engineering team at Verica develops a product that performs chaos engineering experiments for Kubernetes, to help enterprises use continuous verification to ensure the resilience of their systems.

Skills covered in this course