A Path Less Taken
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A Path Less Taken

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Observations on DevOps Training and Certification

  • Because the most recent (2022) State of Agile Coaching Report continues to show a skew in favor of a select few certification bodies, and where the vast majority of certifications fall under the “General Agility” category
  • Because I’ve taken numerous courses via the DevOps Institute over the past several months and would like to share that experience

What the 2022 State of Agile Coaching Report Says About Certifications

The Report breaks agile coaching certifications into the following categories:

  • Foundational
  • Professional
  • Master
  • Scrum Alliance
  • ICAgile
  • Scaled Agile
State of Agile Coaching Report (2022) — Certifications by Provider
  • General Agile — 71 percent
  • Coaching — 15 percent
  • Technical Agility — 5 percent
  • Project Management — 5 percent
  • Leadership — 4 percent
  • Trainer — 1 percent
  • Business Agility — 1 percent
  • CSM, CSPO (Scrum Alliiance)
  • ICP (ICAgile)
  • SA, SPC (Scaled Agile)

My Experiences with DevOps Institute Training

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’ve recently completed some courses (about half a dozen as of this moment) offered by the DevOps Institute, and would like to share my experiences. Before I do that, let’s take a look at the content offered by the DevOps Institute.

  • SKILup IT Learning Lite — the free offering, where a subset of content is available
  • SKILup IT Learning — Continuous Learning Subscription-a paid plan, where monthly or annual subscriptions are available, which provides access to a the majority of DOI content (I signed up for the monthly subscription to start off with, to take it for a test drive)
  • SKILup IT Learning — Continuous Learning Subscription — the other paid plan, only available as an annual subscription, which adds access to the Certification Prep courses (this is the subscription that I have now)

DevOps Institute Certifications

Now let’s touch on the certifications that are available:

Training and Learning by Doing

I would be remiss if I did not mention the vast universe of options that exist when it comes to learning more about DevOps principles, practices, and tooling. For instance, there are many training providers that offer courses which I’ll simply place under the general bucket of “cloud engineering” (in my case, I’ve taken quite a few of those courses in the recent past from one such training provider — Linux Academy) And there is simply no substitute for self-study, rolling up the sleeves, and trying things out. For beginners in particular, the good news is that what might have seemed out of reach before, like having a virtual sandbox environment to play around in, is available as a standard feature via lots of training providers.


I recognize that DevOps is a broad topic, and with that in mind, I’ve shared some observations that are unique to my journey. I do this in the hope that more agile practitioners will consider broadening their knowledge of the topic. Books like The Phoenix Project, the DevOps Handbook, and Accelerate have certainly helped build awareness across our community; writing this is my own way of making my own contribution, however small that it might be. Happy exploring!



This collection is for anyone who is looking for Lean-Agile content on a range of topics, with a particular focus on techniques that help with coaching and facilitation.

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Philip Rogers

I’m an Agile practitioner at TextNow — I love to work with Agile teams to help them collaborate and deliver, and have fun while doing it.