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DevOps Simulation Workshop

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In the DevOps Simulation Workshop, you’ll learn essential DevOps principles, patterns, and practices in an engaging and non-traditional learning environment. Rather than PowerPoint slides and lecture, students will actively participate in the learning experience through a simulation based on the book, The Phoenix Project.

The game starts with Parts Unlimited, a struggling fictional company experiencing poor financial performance. The only way to save Parts Unlimited is an IT-enabled business transformation, code-named The Phoenix Project, with Retail Operations as the business owner of the project. The VP of IT Operations is asked to take the lead of the IT department and ensure The Phoenix Project succeeds. But the VP of IT Operations is facing a huge backlog of issues, features, and projects.

Over the course of four rounds, students will work on IT projects and issues to ensure The Phoenix Project is finished on time. But beware, the business will make additional demands and propose new ideas. External developments outside your control can also derail your plan. Students will act in different roles across business and IT within the Parts Unlimited organization and will be challenged to apply DevOps principles to increase revenue and raise the share price.

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This course allows students to claim 7 Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs) which can be applied to Project Management Professional (PMP)® and PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certifications. PMI, PMP and PMI-ACP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


This course is currently being offered as a private class. At least 9 participants are needed to conduct the simulation but 12 is ideal. Contact us for more information about this workshop.

Who Should Attend

This simulation is applicable to all roles and levels inside and outside IT who want to apply lean, Agile and DevOps principles and practices to accelerate the delivery of value to help their organization win.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply DevOps principles in a real-life situation
  • Find balance between SLA requirements and IT projects according to plan
  • Experience how DevOps can add value to your business
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your IT department
  • Create better flow in your teams
  • Develop the people skills necessary to a DevOps environment
  • Show the business their responsibilities in making IT projects more successful

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