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How to Make the Most of the Free Intro to DevOps Course on edX

By 2017-01-128月 22nd, 2017Blog

John Willis — a leader in the DevOps movement — is hosting a series of webinars to accompany the free Introduction to DevOps: Transforming and Improving Operations training course from The Linux Foundation and edX. Last month, he provided a thorough introduction to the course and offered tips and tricks on how to get the most out of it. If you missed this introduction, you can watch the complete webinar replay on demand.

There are several ways to approach this course. Willis described four different approaches to consider depending on your needs and interests:

  1. Watch just the included videos in the free course (15 hours)

  2. Read the following suggested books and then do Step 1 (30 hours total)

    1. The Phoenix Project — a novel by Gene Kim about bottlenecks, constraints, theory of constraints, importance of flow, a modern day re-imagining of the book The Goal

    2. DevOps Handbook (co-authored by John Willis)

  3. Steps 1 & 2 + watch the additional suggested videos, read suggested blogs, and white papers (50-60 hours total, including 15 hours of videos, 15 hours of suggested advanced research, two books, and 10 advanced reading recommendations)

  4. Treat it like a college course doing all of the above and all the recommended reading (estimated 120 hours)

Hear Willis’s advice in the video clip below:

Attend Office Hours Webinars

Attending Willis’s office hours webinar to get your DevOps questions answered is another great way to make the most of this free course. Throughout this multi-webinar series, Willis will share his insights and guide participants through the course. In each upcoming webinar, he will provide a quick chapter summary, leaving plenty of time to answer your questions and enhance your training experience.

In the first session, presented in December, Willis explained the DevOps concept, which he says can help organizations develop and deliver services more quickly and reliably. In session two, earlier this month, Willis covered Chapter 1 of the DevOps course then opened up the session to answer questions in the style of college office hours. You can watch the replay of session two on demand.

In session three, Willis will briefly cover Chapter 2 of the training course and address your questions.

Join us on January 31, 2017 for the next installment of this webinar series: Intro to DevOps with Course Author John Willis, in which Willis will provide a brief overview of Chapter 2 and take your DevOps questions! Register Now >>

John Willis is the cohost of DevOps Cafe Podcast ( and a co-author of the DevOps Handbook. He is also the course author of Introduction to DevOps: Transforming and Improving Operations, a free course from The Linux Foundation and hosted on

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