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University of Virginia

Continuous Delivery & DevOps

University of Virginia via Coursera


Amazon famously delivers new code every 11.6 seconds. Just a few years ago, this was unthinkable: many ‘cutting edge’ firms would release software quarterly. When it comes to digital innovation, velocity is critical and many would say it’s the most reliable determinant of success.

Bringing an organization to the state of the art (or even functional capability) in this area requires strong work in a combination of disciplines and a combination of both technical and managerial skills. There is no single cookie-cutter approach for achieving this capability. Much like agile, the right focus and formulation depends a lot on the facts and circumstances of the team. This course, developed at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and taught by top-ranked faculty, will provide you with the interdisciplinary skill set to cultivate a continuous deployment capability in your organization.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Diagnose a team’s delivery pipeline and bring forward prioritized recommendations to improve it
2. Explain the skill sets and roles involved in DevOps and how they contribute toward a continuous delivery capability
3. Review and deliver automation tests across the development stack
4. Explain the key jobs of system operations and how today’s leading techniques and tools apply to them
5. Explain how high-functioning teams use DevOps and related methods to reach a continuous delivery capability
6. Facilitate prioritized, iterative team progress on improving a delivery pipeline

Taught by

Alex Cowan


4.0 rating, based on 1 Class Central review

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  • Ray Berger completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This level was a great high level overview of DevOps.
    As someone who works at a company where these practices are already being used I take for granted that I understood a lot of what they were saying. However, everything was very clear and I really appreciated that there were lots of interviews with real engineers at the company.

    I gave it 4 stars because I felt it was a little light on content. Definitely a very high level overview.

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