Continuous Delivery Architect (CDA)

Level: Intermediate

A continuous delivery architect is a tool-agnostic individual engaged in the design, implementation and management of DevOps deployment pipelines and toolchains that support Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Testing, and, potentially, Continuous Deployment. A continuous delivery architect is also involved in defining or integrating underpinning processes, metrics, APls and cultural considerations.

Built upon the principles and practices of the bestselling book "Continuous Delivery" by Jez Humble and David Farley and the "Continuous Delivery Live Lessons" video course by Jez Humble, the CDA course equips IT professionals with the broad-based competencies necessary to architect and orchestrate effective and efficient automated deployment pipelines.

Each learner will be provided digital access to the "Continuous Delivery" ebook and video Live Lessons. The course materials will also include practical artifacts, templates and lexicons collected by course author, Marc Hornbeek to assist learners post-class.

Key Features of this Continuous Delivery Architect Course:

  • Participate in unique activities designed to apply training
  • Take sample documents, templates, tools and techniques with you post-training
  • Access to DevOps Institute additional sources of information and communities
  • Exam is included to test for certification

You Will Learn How To:

  • Appreciate Continuous Delivery vs. DevOps Continuous Integration practices
  • Extend Continuous Integration to Continuous Deployment
  • Architect a deployment pipeline
  • Engage Ops in Continuous Delivery
  • Leverage testing and security in continuous delivery
  • Continuous deploy and automate release
  • Consider cultural resistance to change
  • Identify metrics for critical success factors, risks, and challenges
  • Getting started as a CDA

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Important Course Information

  • Required Pre-Requisites

    The DevOps Foundation Certificate is a pre-requisite for this practitioner-level course

  • Recommended Experience

    Familiarity with IT software development and operations responsibilities

  • Industry Credits

    16 PMI PDUs (Although DOI has not currently been issued an official code to submit for PMI PDU credit, you can submit for credit successfully by way of the “Other” category at the PMI website. Essentially, 1 PDU credit per hour of instructor-led training. So, in the case of DevOps Foundation, 16 credits would be applicable.)

  • Exam/Certification Information

    • 40 multiple choice questions, closed book
    • 90 min, additional 15 minutes is granted to non-native English speakers
    • 65% pass
    • To maintain the value and integrity of the certification, all candidates are required to attend approved DOI classes through one of the DOI REPs (Registered Education Providers) to be eligible to sit the exam.

Course Outline

  • CDA Concepts

    • Continuous delivery (CD) definition
    • Architecting for continuous delivery
    • Continuous delivery and DevOps
    • Relationships between CD, Waterfall, Agile, ITIL and DevOps
    • Benefits of continuous delivery
  • CDA Culture

    • Importance of culture to the CD Architect
    • What a CD Architect can do about culture
    • How to maintain culture
    • Assignment: DevOps culture and practices to create flow
  • Design Practices for Continuous Delivery

    • Why design is important to continuous delivery
    • CD Architect’s role in design
    • Key design principles
    • CD best practices
    • Microservices and containers
  • Continuous Integration

    • Continuous integration (CI) defined
    • CD Architect’s role in CI
    • Importance of CI
    • Benefits of CI
    • CI best practices
    • Assignment: Optimizing CI workflows
  • Continuous Testing

    • Continuous testing (CT) defined
    • Importance of CT
    • Benefits of CT
    • CD Architect’s role in CT
    • Five tenets of CT
    • CT best practices
    • Assignment: Handling environment inconsistencies
  • Continuous Delivery and Deployment

    • Continuous delivery defined
    • Continuous deployment defined
    • Benefits of continuous delivery and deployment
    • CD Architect’s role in continuous delivery and deployment
    • Continuous delivery and deployment best practices
    • Assignment: Distinguishing continuous delivery and deployment
  • Continuous Monitoring

    • Continuous monitoring defined
    • Importance of continuous monitoring
    • CD Architect’s role in continuous monitoring
    • Continuous monitoring best practices
    • Assignment: Monitoring build progress
  • Infrastructure and Tools

    • Importance of infrastructure and tools
    • CD Architect’s role in infrastructure and tools
    • Building a DevOps toolchain
    • Infrastructure/tools best practices
    • Assignment: identifying common infrastructure/tool components
  • Security Assurance

    • Importance of security assurance
    • DevSecOps and Rugged DevOps defined
    • CD Architect’s role in security
    • Security best practices
    • Assignment: Applying security practices
  • Capstone exercise

    • Identifying toolchain and workflow improvements
  • Exam Review

Continuous Delivery Architect FAQs

  • Can I take the exam without the course?

    DevOps Institute (DOI) believes certification reflects the quality of your training experience. To maintain the value and integrity of the certification, all candidates are required to attend approved DOI classes through a REP like Learning Tree in order to be eligible to sit the exam.

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