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Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF)®


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Course description

Course description:

The 2-day Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF)® course, accredited by DevOps Institute, is designed for participants who are engaged 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 underpinning processes, metrics, APls and cultural considerations with Continuous Delivery.

Key benefits of Continuous Delivery will be covered including increased velocity to assist organizations to respond to market changes rapidly, thus being able to outmaneuver 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 upon the principles and practices highlighted in bestselling 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 in architecting and orchestrating effective and efficient automated deployment pipelines.

The course materials will include practical artifacts, templates, and lexicons collected by the author, Marc Hornbeek to assist learners post-class.

This course positions learners to successfully complete the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF) exam.



The learning objectives for CDEF include a practical understanding of:

  • Goals, history, terminology, and pipeline
  • The importance, practices, and transformation of a DevOps collaborative culture
  • Design practices, such as modular design and microservices
  • Continuous Integration (Cl), such as version control, builds, and remediation
  • Tenets and best practices of Continuous Testing (CT)
  • Continuous Delivery and Deployment (CD): packaging, containers, and release
  • Continuous Monitoring (CM): monitoring and analysis infrastructure, process, and apps
  • Infrastructure and tools: frameworks, tools, and infrastructure as code
  • Security Assurance: DevSecOps
  • The opportunity to hear and share real-life scenarios.

Target audience:

The target audience for the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation course is anyone interested in learning about the principles of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, such as:

  • Build Engineers
  • Enterprise Architects
  • IT Managers
  • Maintenance and Support Staff
  • Operational and Infrastructure Teams
  • Project Managers
  • QA Managers
  • Release Managers and Engineers
  • Software Developers
  • Security Professionals
  • Testers.


None. Participants should have baseline knowledge and understanding of common DevOps definitions and principles.

Training program

Day 1:

  • Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation Course Introduction
  • CDEF Concepts (Continuous delivery; Architecting for continuous delivery; Continuous delivery and DevOps; Relationships between CD, Waterfall, Agile, ITIL and DevOps; Benefits of CD)
  • CDEF Culture (Importance of culture to the CD Architect; What a CD Architect can do about culture; How to maintain culture; DevOps culture and practices to create flow)
  • Design Practices for Continuous Delivery (Why design is important to continuous delivery; CD Architect’s role in design; Key design principles; CD best practices; Microservices and containers)
  • Continuous Integration (Continuous integration defined; CD Architect’s role in CI; Importance of CI; Benefits of CI; CI best practices; Optimizing CI workflows)
  • Continuous Testing (Continuous testing defined; Importance of CT; Benefits of CT; CD Architect’s role in CT; Five tenets of CT; CT best practices; Handling environment inconsistencies)

Day 2:

  • Continuous Delivery and Deployment (Continuous delivery defined; Continuous deployment defined; Benefits of continuous delivery and deployment; CD Architect’s role in continuous delivery and deployment; Continuous delivery and deployment best practices; Distinguishing continuous delivery and deployment)
  • Continuous Monitoring (Continuous monitoring defined; Importance of continuous monitoring; CD Architect’s role in continuous monitoring; Continuous monitoring best practices; Monitoring build progress)
  • Infrastructure and Tools (Importance of infrastructure and tools; CD Architect’s role in infrastructure and tools; Building a DevOps toolchain; Infrastructure/ tools best practices; Identifying common infrastructure/ tool components)
  • Security Assurance (Importance of security assurance; DevSecOps and Rugged DevOps defined; CD Architect’s role in security; Security best practices; Applying security practices)
  • Course review
  • Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation mock exam
  • Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation certification exam

Additional information

Additional information:

Student pack includes:

  • Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF) study guide with all slides
  • DevOps glossary
  • SDEF exam requirements
  • SDEF sample paper with answer key
  • Post-course reading materials.

Organization of training:

  • Type of training: Virtual class (Instructor-led live online class), On-site open group class, On-site closed group class; Training materials are distributed in electronic form
  • Training language: English or Polish
  • Material language: English
  • Group size: 6 to 12 participants
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Accreditation granted to Asseco Data Systems by DevOps Institute.

Additional information regarding participation in the Virtual class:

  • Each participant should register for the training session between 08:30-08:50
  • The training is conducted between 09:00 am and 3:30 pm
  • During the training day there will be several breaks, including one 1-hour lunch break and 10-minutes coffee breaks after each hour of training.
  • Study guide and other training materials are distributed in a digital version.
  • Exams are carried out in the form of vouchers.

Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF)® is a registered trademark of DevOps Institute, Inc.


  • Exam type: on-line multiple-choice test (1 correct answer out of 4)
  • Exam duration: 60 minutes
  • Number of questions: 40
  • Pass mark: 65% (26/40)
  • Exam language: English
  • Open book.

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