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September 07, 2016 09:00 ET

Light Reading's Upskill University Launches Courses on Agile & DevOps

Free Lectures in September Focus on the Successful Implementation of Agile and DevOps, and Feature Experts From the Agile Alliance, Cisco and Tech Mahindra

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 7, 2016) - Upskill U, a free online forum that focuses on delivering must-have education on the overall business transformation occurring in the telecommunications industry, is focusing its next round of lectures on the role of Agile and DevOps in operators' transition from waterfall and traditional software development processes. During these courses, lecturers from the Agile Alliance, Cisco, Tech Mahindra and more will examine how service providers can overcome common challenges and misconceptions about Agile and DevOps to correctly and successfully implement these methodologies.

Upskill U is a unique online community hosted by Light Reading in association with Cisco Systems Inc., where service provider and enterprise decision makers can crowdsource the mission-critical intelligence they need to formulate business technology strategies, and gain the know-how required to architect and monetize next-generation, all-IP networks.

Upskill U's curriculum is always built around the hottest topics in the industry. This new four-part series on Agile and DevOps includes the following lectures:

  • What Is Agile? (Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1:00 p.m. ET): Kent J. McDonald, Product Owner, Agile Alliance, explains how Agile methods emerged, the Agile Manifesto and 12 Principles, how companies are successfully implementing Agile and more. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on Agile and DevOps.

  • How to Implement Agile (Friday, Sept. 16, 1:00 p.m. ET): Alan Bateman, Director, Agile Transformation, examines common mistakes and covers the process of implementing Agile, from identifying company culture barriers, to making the business case, to the process behind building effective teams.

  • What Is DevOps? (Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1:00 p.m. ET): Colin Kincaid, CTO, Service Provider, Cisco, defines DevOps, addresses the benefits and challenges to implementing DevOps, why and how organizations interpret DevOps differently and explores case studies of successful DevOps teams.

  • How to Implement DevOps (Friday, Sept. 23, 1:00 p.m. ET): Burt Klein, DevOps Strategist, Tech Mahindra, explains how to secure support for DevOps implementation, avoid common pitfalls that arise in DevOps architecture, streamline processes and more.

Each Upskill U course is a 45-minute session where students can ask questions, interact with other students with similar business and technological challenges and expertise and download a wealth of additional learning materials. Courses are archived, and online educational discussions take place 24 hours a day.

Weekly Upskill U courses will continue to highlight some of the biggest names in the industry. Register for our current courses and upskill yourself today.

For the complete Upskill U schedule, visit our website:

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