Report contents What you need for next-generation IT course design.

As digital transforms the economy, so DevOps and Agile continue to transform information technology. Demand for related skills like continuous delivery, infrastructure as code, and team-based, product-centric development is apparent in job postings around the world. In short, Agile and DevOps are now a workforce issue.

This report includes:

  • Background and context: where Agile and DevOps came from and why they matter
  • Recommended competency areas and example learning objectives
  • Suggestions on curricula and labs
  • Over 100 references to inform course design

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What they are saying Leading DevOps practitioners, hiring executives, and instructors weigh in

Gene Kim

DevOps and Agile are transforming the technology workforce. Of the 8 million developers and 8 million operations professionals employed globally, far too many are at risk of being left behind. Initiatives like the Dynamic IT curricula project are critical to ensure that technology professionals have the skills needed in the marketplace, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this effort.

Gene Kim, co-author of “DevOps Handbook” and
“The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win”

Mary Mosman

Everything is going digital these days, making application development & programming skills vital to nearly every sector of the economy.  Education must keep up by bringing these skills into mainstream curriculum for all students and ensuring specialized IT programs include modern practices in Agile product management, cloud and distributed computing, and DevOps.

Mary Mosman, Hennepin Technical College

Amos Olagunju

Digital transformation has swept through the economy, disrupting or revolutionizing one industry after another. Successful transformation, however, is far from guaranteed. Organizations that attempt digital transformation without the right people and practices risk falling behind. The curricula promoted by Dynamic IT Education promise to produce a workforce with the DevOps skills and the foundational Agile knowledge to help organizations across Minnesota survive and thrive through their digital transformations.

Amos Olagunju, St Cloud State University

Nicole Forsgren

Today’s businesses are run by technology, and the transformation we are seeing is drastically different from the landscape five or ten years ago. As a former professor, I understand the hesitation to jump on the latest bandwagon, but the principles of Agile and DevOps are more than fads — they are methodologies that transcend the latest technology or tooling. We must adapt our curriculum to equip our students so they can be a part of this exciting new world and contribute, innovate, and inspire in this new technical economy.

Nicole Forsgren, Ph.D., DevOps Research and Assessment

Halbana Tarmizi

Many times, as educators, we feel that we should do a better job in catching up with the trends in the industry to prepare our students for their careers. This Digital Curriculum document is a collaborative effort by educators to connect with the latest trends and to provide students with tools to navigate through the fast changing digital world. This document has the potential to make significant changes in how we prepare our future generations to serve the world.

Halbana Tarmizi, Bemidji State University

Tom O’Neill

Digital transformation has swept through the economy, disrupting or revolutionizing one industry after another. Successful transformation, however, is far from guaranteed. Organizations that attempt digital transformation without the right people and practices risk falling behind. The curricula promoted by Dynamic IT Education promise to produce a workforce with the DevOps skills and the foundational Agile knowledge to help organizations across Minnesota survive and thrive through their digital transformations.

Tom O’Neill, CEO, The Nerdery

About this report

The Minnesota State system is the 5th-largest publicly-funded higher education entity in the United States, serving 400,000 students, with an annual budget of $1.9 billion. It represents 24 two-year colleges and 7 universities, based on 54 campuses across the state.

Advance IT Minnesota (http://advanceitmn.org/), the Minnesota State Center of Excellence in IT and security education, convenes the annual New Directions in IT Education conference and invites faculty members across the state to identify emerging curricular needs and propose collaborative projects to develop solutions to specific issues.  At the 2016 New Directions in IT Education Conference, a faculty working group convened to consider the impacts of current technological trends on IT education.  In particular, working group members were aware of and interested in the following topics:

  • Agile software development
  • Lean IT
  • Cloud and web-scale IT
  • DevOps
  • Digital transformation

There is increasing evidence that these topics are significant to employers, and call for some educational response. This document examines these trends in light of current curricula, and makes recommendations in terms of learning objectives, current courses, and programmatic initiatives.

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