Upskill U on Agile & DevOps

The transition from traditional networks to all-IP virtualized networks not only demands extensive technological transformations from service providers, but also a strategic shift in company culture and project management processes. Many operators are finding the waterfall management method to be stale and siloed, and are redirecting resources to implementing more efficient and collaborative project management methodologies like Agile and DevOps.

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In a number of cases, implementing Agile and DevOps is easier said than done with barriers like company culture and misconceptions over the accurate and successful implementation of these methodologies. When incorrectly adopted, Agile and DevOps can devolve into an ineffective process that creates new challenges and project delays -- exactly what operators and their employees hoped to avoid.

Kent McDonald, product owner at the Agile Alliance, kicks off a new Upskill U series with the course 'What is Agile?'
Kent McDonald, product owner at the Agile Alliance, kicks off a new Upskill U series with the course "What is Agile?"

Starting tomorrow, Upskill U is launching a new four-part learning module on Agile and DevOps to deliver insight into the key principles and fundamental themes of these methodologies. Speakers from the Agile Alliance, Agile Transformation, Cisco and Tech Mahindra will cover the gambit from the basics of Agile and DevOps, to explaining myths and common pitfalls telcos face in transitioning to Agile and DevOps. Listeners will learn how to overcome company cultural challenges and successfully implement these methodologies.

Tune in to Upskill U for these exciting lectures in the Agile and DevOps series:

  • What Is Agile? (Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1:00 p.m. ET): Kent J. McDonald, Product Owner, Agile Alliance, explains how Agile methods emerged, the Agile Manifesto and 12 Principles, how companies are successfully implementing Agile and more. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on Agile and DevOps.
  • How to Implement Agile (Friday, Sept. 16, 1:00 p.m. ET): Alan Bateman, Director, Agile Transformation, examines common mistakes and covers the process of implementing Agile, from identifying company culture barriers, to making the business case, to the process behind building effective teams.
  • What Is DevOps? (Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1:00 p.m. ET): Colin Kincaid, CTO, Service Provider, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), defines DevOps, addresses the benefits and challenges to implementing DevOps, talks about why and how organizations interpret DevOps differently and explores case studies of successful DevOps teams.
  • How to Implement DevOps (Friday, Sept. 23, 1:00 p.m. ET): Burt Klein, DevOps Strategist, Tech Mahindra Ltd. , explains how to secure support for DevOps implementation, avoid common pitfalls that arise in DevOps architecture, streamline processes and more.

Whether you're already immersed in Agile and DevOps or if you're just dipping your toes in the water, this series will deliver insight into the core concepts behind these methodologies and how organizations can excel at adoption of these processes.

Dive in to DevOps and Agile and register today for these upcoming live sessions at Upskill U. I'll see you on the chat boards! (Check out the Upskill U Curriculum Calendar.)

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, editor, Upskill U

Kelsey Ziser 9/13/2016 | 2:12:22 PM
Implementation of Agile and DevOps I'm interested to hear from our listeners during the courses in this series about how their organizations are implementing Agile and DevOps, if they have run into any challenges, and how they are overcoming common pitfalls.
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