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Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF)



Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF)
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This course is designed for participants who are involved in the design, implementation, and management of DevOps deployment pipelines and toolchains that support Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Testing, and potentially Continuous Deployment. The course highlights fundamental processes, metrics, APls, and cultural considerations with Continuous Delivery.

The key benefits of Continuous Delivery will be covered including improved velocity to help organizations respond quickly to market changes so they can outperform the competition, reduce risk, and lower costs while releasing higher quality solutions. Increased productivity and employee morale by having more activities performed by pipelines instead of humans so teams can focus on vision while pipelines do the execution.

Built on principles and practices highlighted in best-selling books such as “Continuous Delivery,” “Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations,” and more written by thought leaders in the DevOps movement. The Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation course equips IT professionals with the broad-based competencies necessary to design and orchestrate effective and efficient automated deployment pipelines.

The course materials will include practical exercises, templates, and terms compiled by the author, Marc Hornbeek to assist the participants after the training.

Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and earn the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF) certification. See the certification blueprint.


At the end of this course students will have a practical understanding of:

  • Objectives, history, terminology and pipeline
  • The importance, practices, and transformation of a collaborative DevOps culture
  • Design practices such as modular design and microservices
  • Continuous Integration (CI) including version control, builds and remediation
  • Continuous Testing (CT) Principles and Best Practices
  • Continuous Delivery and Deployment (CD): packaging, containers, and release
  • Continuous Monitoring (CM): monitoring and analysis infrastructure, processes and apps
  • Infrastructure and tools: frameworks, tools and Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
  • Quality assurance: DevSecOps
  • The opportunity to listen and share real scenarios

Student Profile

This course is designed for professionals interested in learning about the principles of Continuous Integration and  Continuous Delivery including:

  • Engineers
  • Enterprise architects
  • IT Managers
  • Maintenance and support team
  • Operational and infrastructure teams
  • Project managers
  • QA managers
  • Engineers and Release Managers
  • Software developers
  • Security professionals
  • Testers


There are no prerequisites to attend this course, but students should have an understanding and knowledge of common DevOps terminology and concepts and related work experience.

Course Materials

Each student will receive a copy of the course documentation prepared by DevOps Institute.


Engaging and interactive course. Our instructors teach all course materials using the demonstrative method; the participants learn new concepts through exercises and real application practices.


At the end of the training session, students will be able to obtain the DevOps Institute CDEF certification by successfully passing the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation exam. Get the exam details.

Additionally, students will earn 16 credit hours for their attendance.


A certificate of attendance will be issued to students who attend the course for at least 75% of the duration.

Course Outline

  1. CDEF concepts
    1. Definition of Continuous Delivery (CD)
    2. Architecture for Continuous Delivery
    3. Continuous Delivery and DevOps
    4. Relationship between CD, Waterfall, Agile, ITIL, and DevOps
    5. Benefits of Continuous Delivery
  2. CDEF culture
    1. Importance of culture for CD architecture
    2. What a CD architect can do about culture
    3. How to maintain the culture
  3. Design Practices for Continuous Delivery
    1. Why Design Matters to Continuous Delivery
    2. Role of the CD architect in design
    3. Key design principles
    4. CD best practices
    5. Microservices and containers
  4. Continuous Integration
    1. Definition of Continuous Integration (CI)
    2. Role of the CD architect in CI
    3. Importance of IC
    4. CI benefits
    5. CI best practices
  5. Continuous Testing
    1. Definition of Continuous Testing (CT)
    2. Importance of CT
    3. CT benefits
    4. Role of the CD architect in CT
    5. Five principles of CT
    6. CT Best Practices
  6. Continuous Delivery and Deployment
    1. Definition of Continuous Delivery
    2. Definition of Continuous Deployment
    3. Continuous Delivery and Deployment Benefits
    4. Role of the CD architect in Continuous Delivery and Deployment
    5. Continuous Delivery and Deployment Best Practices
  7. Continuous Monitoring
    1. Definition of Continuous Monitoring
    2. Importance of Continuous Monitoring
    3. Role of the CD architect in Continuous Monitoring
    4. Continuous Monitoring Best Practices
  8. Infrastructure and tools
    1. Importance of infrastructure and tools
    2. Role of the CD architect in infrastructure and tools
    3. Build a DevOps toolkit
    4. Infrastructure and tools best practices
  9. Quality assurance
    1. Importance of quality assurance
    2. Definition of DevSecOps and Rugged DevOps
    3. Role of the CD architect in security
    4. Best security practices

Public Classes

Currently, we don't have any public sessions of this course scheduled. Please let us know if you are interested in adding a session.

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Course Details


JST 358


2 days

Delivery Mode

Virtual, Face-to-Face

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