DevOps Simulation

The DevOps simulation is a highly interactive experiential learning workshop which demonstrates the business value and positive impact of a DevOps approach.

With over 50% of large it enterprises using, or intending to use, a DevOps approach in the next year, less than half of those already using DevOps report any level of success. When asked to identify the biggest obstacle to adopting DevOps, most cite “people” challenges – as opposed to process, technology or information – as the greatest issue.*

Resistance to change is the biggest barrier to DevOps adoption; and the best way to overcome resistance of this kind is to clearly communicate the DevOps case for change.

* Gartner, September 2015


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  • Overview
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  • Pricing

Event Overview
The DevOps simulation experience is a half-day, role based workshop, focused on the software development and deployment lifecycle. The simulation is highly realistic, and leverages game dynamics to empower cross-functional teams with a shared vision of successful DevOps practices.

Participants from a variety of disciplines (Business, Development, Test, QA and Operations) are immersed into a simulated environment whereby they are challenged to release new products whilst internal and external forces continually change. This realistic approach delivers a level of tension and excitement that creates an ‘A-HA!’ moment for all involved.

Target Group

The DevOps simulation is suitable for:
– Executive buy-in to DevOps initiatives
– Engaging Development Teams
– Engaging those involved in Service, Process & Integration roles
– Engaging Operations
– Engaging the wider business
– For tool and services vendors promoting DevOps solution

– Accelerates adoption of DevOps across the enterprise
– Turns DevOps opponents into advocates
– Clearly communicates the DevOps case for change
– Accelerates a positive DevOps culture
– Creates shared understanding for Development and Operations around how to work together as a high performing cross-functional team
– Provides new practices that can be executed with immediate effect.

How it works

Round 1 – Chaos
Participants are quickly immersed into a real life complex application development scenario. Chaos ensues, with poor communication and a lack of collaboration resulting in poor business results, higher development costs, longer testing times and more. As a result, opportunities are lost and revenues are negatively impacted.

Following the first round, a review is facilitated to identify the issues and to discuss how a DevOps approach could drive improvement.

Round 2 – Improved
Round 2 builds upon the learning outcomes from the previous round and introduces processes such as Service Virtualisation, Minimum Viable Product iterations, Fail Faster and more. This drives maturity and empowers the teams towards automation, building a more collaborative culture, and ultimately improved business results.

Round 3 – Optimised
Building on the learning outcomes of Round 1 and 2, participants learn that instilling a DevOps culture is key to achieving operational excellence. Participants experience a pronounced shift in the reduction of development times and the number of errors each application had before reaching operations. Through collaboration, streamlining, automation and repeatable practices, participants realise improved ROI and optimised business results.

Looking for certification? Check out our DevOps Foundation course.


A room to accommodate the event. Maximum of 16 participants and a minimum of 8 due to the number of roles involved in the simulation – groups of 12-14 are ideal. A room layout plan will be provided. Facilities for setting up a projector and laptop to run the simulation are also required. 2 flipcharts and pens.

This course is offered as an onsite option that can be tailored to suit your specific requirements. Price will depend on duration and number of people who require training. Please contact us for pricing.

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