Join LPI at LISA17

October 17, 2017

Join LPI at LISA17

Hone your skills. Save on certifications. Tap into the open source community.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) invites you to LISA 2017 – one of North America’s largest and best-attended open source events – from October 29th to November 3rd in San Francisco. The conference, which has been created specifically for System Administrators, is perfect regardless of your skill level or the industry in which you work.

Hone Your Skills

As always, LISA events provide practical insights so that you can be more effective whatever role play in administering systems. This year, LISA17 focuses on tackling challenges that arise when traditional and modern operations and engineering overlap. To hone your skills in this area, you can choose from over 40 conference sessions (with topics organized into three broad categories: architecture, culture, and engineering) over 20 half-day/full-day workshops, and 90-miniute mini-tutorials.

Save on Certifications

Register Now to take advantage of a discount exclusive to LISA17 attendees on all LPI certifications.

While at LISA17, write an LPIC paper-based exam for $99, a Linux Essentials exam for $75 US or the new DevOps Tools Engineer certification exam for $99. Note: On site exams will commence on November 2, 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Register Now.

Tap into the Open Source Community

Throughout LISA17, you can find opportunities to connect with System Administrators from around the world who are there to share insights and first-hand experiences. For example, at LISA17 you can take part in several Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions where passionate people lead lively conversations and welcome differing viewpoints.

According to LPI’s Executive Director, G. Matthew Rice, ‘Everyone who attends LISA walks gains practical insights that they can use in their daily work lives. At the same time, there is always a tremendous feeling of comradery and innovation that is unique to the Linux and open source community. That’s why people return to LISA year after year and why LPI is proud to be a part of it.’

Linux Professional Institute Launches DevOps Tools Certification

October 16, 2017

Linux Professional Institute Launches DevOps Tools Certification

Following intensive development work with the DevOps and open source communities, the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is officially releasing the new LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certificate on Monday, October 16, 2017. This release follows the successful worldwide beta testing over the previous months. With this certification, LPI is helping to deal with the growing importance of DevOps competencies in the ICT industry and the need to verify individual skills of its practitioners for potential employers.

The LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer is a globally available and accessible credential which will assist in closing the gap in the supply landscape and adds a significant component to LPI’s open source skills certification portfolio. "Considering that most popular DevOps tools are open source, it's a logical step that the certification we have developed demonstrates the ability to use these technologies efficiently and well," explains G Matthew Rice, Executive Director of LPI.

DevOps competencies are increasingly in demand and the reasons are obvious. "Using these tools creates a tremendous benefit for both software developers and administrators," says Fabian Thorns, Director of Certification Development of LPI. On the one hand, DevOps eases the job of administrators by enabling them to handle recurring tasks automatically.  On the other hand, DevOps give developers the opportunity to take over tasks for which they would have previously needed an administrator. This dynamic creates new freedoms and efficiencies that benefit everyone, including employers.

The LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification is ideal for anyone who is technically involved in the development or delivery of software.  There is no prerequisite credential for taking the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer exam, however, it is strongly recommended that a candidate already have a strong background and certification in system administration or software development. Fabian Thorns: "We recommend an existing certification in the respective primary field. This can just as well be Linux administration or Java software development."

DevOps competencies are increasingly in demand and the reasons are obvious. "Using these tools creates a tremendous benefit for both software developers and administrators," says Fabian Thorns, Director of Certification Development of LPI. On the one hand, DevOps eases the job of administrators by enabling them to handle recurring tasks automatically.  On the other hand, DevOps give developers the opportunity to take over tasks for which they would have previously needed an administrator. This dynamic creates new freedoms and efficiencies that benefit everyone, including employers.

The LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification is ideal for anyone who is technically involved in the development or delivery of software.  There is no prerequisite credential for taking the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer exam, however, it is strongly recommended that a candidate already have a strong background and certification in system administration or software development. Fabian Thorns: "We recommend an existing certification in the respective primary field. This can just as well be Linux administration or Java software development. "

More information on LPI's DevOps exam is available at https://www.lpi.org/devops. The learning objectives are described at https://wiki.lpi.org/wiki/LPIC-OT_DevOps_Tools_Engineer_Objectives_V1.

About the Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

LPI is the global organization for certification standards and career support for open source professionals. With more than 500,000 exams delivered, it is the world's first and largest Linux and open source certification authority. LPI has certified professionals in more than 180 countries, delivering exams in 9 languages ​​and working with more than 400 training partners.

Contact person:

Evan Leibovitch
Director of Community Development
Linux Professional Institute
1 Queen St, unit 102
Cobourg, ON
Canada  K9A 1M8
E-Mail: eleibovitch@lpi.org

 

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DevOps Tools Engineer Certification holders validate that they:

Have a working understanding of:

  • Modern software applications and cloud services
  • How tools support DevOps collaboration

Can apply their knowledge to:

  • Set up Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery pipelines
  • Build, deploy and orchestrate application containers
  • Automate system configuration
  • Build system images and run them locally and in the cloud
  • Monitor applications and computing instances
  • Manage, collect and analyze log data
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LPIC-OT 701: DevOps Tools Engineer

Businesses across the globe are increasingly implementing DevOps practices to optimize daily systems administration and software development tasks. As a result, businesses across industries are hiring IT professionals that can effectively apply DevOps to reduce delivery time and improve quality in the development of new software products.

To meet this growing need for qualified professionals, LPI developed the LPIC-Open Technology DevOps Tools Engineer certification which verifies the skills needed to use the tools that enhance collaboration in workflows throughout system administration and software development.

In developing the LPIC-Open Technology DevOps Tools Engineer certification, LPI reviewed the DevOps tools landscape and defined a set of essential skills when applying DevOps. As such, the certification exam focuses on the practical skills required to work successfully in a DevOps environment -- focusing on the skills needed to use the most prominent DevOps tools. The result is a certification that covers the intersection between development and operations, making it relevant for all IT professionals working in the field of DevOps.

Current Version: 1.0 (Exam code 701-100)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this certification.

Requirements: Pass the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer exam. The 90-minute exam consists of 60 multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Validity Period: 5 years

Languages: English

To receive the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer Certification the candidate must:

  • Have a working knowledge of DevOps-related domains such as Software Engineering and Architecture, Container and Machine Deployment, Configuration Management and Monitoring.
  • Have proficiency in prominent free and open source utilities such as Docker, Vagrant, Ansible, Puppet, Git, and Jenkins.

Skills in DevOps Tools Enhance Many Job Roles such as:

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Back End Web Developer

Java Developer

Python Developer

PHP Developer

Mobile Developer

SQL Database Developer

Embedded Systems Engineer/Developer

System Administrators

Cloud Architect

Database Administrator

Big Data Architect

Network or Server Virtualization Specialist

Systems Analyst

Engineers

Development Team Lead

Operations Team Lead

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Specialist

Cloud Architect

Software Architect

Microsoft Systems Engineer

Network Administrator

Information Security Specialist

DevOps Tools Engineer Certification holders validate that they:

Have a working understanding of:

  • Modern software applications and cloud services
  • How tools support DevOps collaboration

Can apply their knowledge to:

  • Set up Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery pipelines
  • Build, deploy and orchestrate application containers
  • Automate system configuration
  • Build system images and run them locally and in the cloud
  • Monitor applications and computing instances
  • Manage, collect and analyze log data
  • Use Source Code Management and Version Control
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  2. Download the DevOps exam guide  
  3. Purchase exam voucher  

 

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Exam 701 Objectives

LPIC-OT Exam 701: DevOps Tools Engineer

 

Exam Objectives Version: Version 1.0

Exam Code: 701-100

About Objective Weights: Each objective is assigned a weighting value. The weights indicate the relative importance of each objective on the exam. Objectives with higher weights will be covered in the exam with more questions.

 

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Topic 701: Software Engineering

701.1 Modern Software Development (weight: 6) 

Weight: 6

Description: Candidates should be able to design software solutions suitable for modern runtime environments. Candidates should understand how services handle data persistence, sessions, status information, transactions, concurrency, security, performance, availability, scaling, load balancing, messaging, monitoring and APIs. Furthermore, candidates should understand the implications of agile and DevOps on software development.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand and design service based applications
  • Understand common API concepts and standards
  • Understand aspects of data storage, service status and session handling
  • Design software to be run in containers
  • Design software to be deployed to cloud services
  • Awareness of risks in the migration and integration of monolithic legacy software
  • Understand common application security risks and ways to mitigate them
  • Understand the concept of agile software development
  • Understand the concept of DevOps and its implications to software developers and operators

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • REST, JSON
  • Service Orientated Architectures (SOA)
  • Microservices
  • Immutable servers
  • Loose coupling
  • Cross site scripting, SQL injections, verbose error reports, API authentication, consistent enforcement of transport encryption
  • CORS headers and CSRF tokens
  • ACID properties and CAP theorem

 

701.2 Standard Components and Platforms for Software (weight: 2)

Weight: 2

Description: Candidates should understand services offered by common cloud platforms. They should be able to include these services in their application architectures and deployment toolchains and understand the required service configurations. OpenStack service components are used as a reference implementation.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Features and concepts of object storage
  • Features and concepts of relational and NoSQL databases
  • Features and concepts of message brokers and message queues
  • Features and concepts of big data services
  • Features and concepts of application runtimes / PaaS
  • Features and concepts of content delivery networks

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • OpenStack Swift
  • OpenStack Trove
  • OpenStack Zaqar
  • CloudFoundry
  • OpenShift

 

701.3 Source Code Management (weight: 5)

Weight: 5

Description: Candidates should be able to use Git to manage and share source code. This includes creating and contributing to a repository as well as the usage of tags, branches and remote repositories. Furthermore, the candidate should be able to merge files and resolve merging conflicts.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand Git concepts and repository structure
  • Manage files within a Git repository
  • Manage branches and tags
  • Work with remote repositories and branches as well as submodules
  • Merge files and branches
  • Awareness of SVN and CVS, including concepts of centralized and distributed SCM solutions

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • git
  • .gitignore

 

701.4 Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (weight: 5)

Weight: 5

Description: Candidates should understand the principles and components of a continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline. Candidates should be able to implement a CI/CD pipeline using Jenkins, including triggering the CI/CD pipeline, running unit, integration and acceptance tests, packaging software and handling the deployment of tested software artifacts. This objective covers the feature set of Jenkins version 2.0 or later.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand the concepts of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
  • Understand the components of a CI/CD pipeline, including builds, unit, integration and acceptance tests, artifact management, delivery and deployment
  • Understand deployment best practices
  • Understand the architecture and features of Jenkins, including Jenkins Plugins, Jenkins API, notifications and distributed builds
  • Define and run jobs in Jenkins, including parameter handling
  • Fingerprinting, artifacts and artifact repositories
  • Understand how Jenkins models continuous delivery pipelines and implement a declarative continuous delivery pipeline in Jenkins
  • Awareness of possible authentication and authorization models
  • Understanding of the Pipeline Plugin
  • Understand the features of important Jenkins modules such as Copy Artifact Plugin, Fingerprint Plugin, Docker Pipeline, Docker Build and Publish plugin, Git Plugin, Credentials Plugin
  • Awareness of Artifactory and Nexus

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • Step, Node, Stage
  • Jenkins SDL
  • Jenkinsfile
  • Declarative Pipeline
  • Blue-green and canary deployment

Topic 702: Container Management

702.1 Container Usage (weight: 7)

Weight: 7

Description: Candidates should be able to build, share and operate Docker containers. This includes creating Dockerfiles, using a Docker registry, creating and interacting with containers as well as connecting containers to networks and storage volumes. This objective covers the feature set of Docker version 17.06 or later.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand the Docker architecture
  • Use existing Docker images from a Docker registry
  • Create Dockerfiles and build images from Dockerfiles
  • Upload images to a Docker registry
  • Operate and access Docker containers
  • Connect container to Docker networks
  • Use Docker volumes for shared and persistent container storage

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • docker
  • Dockerfile
  • .dockerignore

 

702.2 Container Deployment and Orchestration (weight: 5)

Weight: 5

Description: Candidates should be able to run and manage multiple containers that work together to provide a service. This includes the orchestration of Docker containers using Docker Compose in conjunction with an existing Docker Swarm cluster as well as using an existing Kubernetes cluster. This objective covers the feature sets of Docker Compose version 1.14 or later, Docker Swarm included in Docker 17.06 or later and Kubernetes 1.6 or later.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand the application model of Docker Compose
  • Create and run Docker Compose Files (version 3 or later)
  • Understand the architecture and functionality of Docker Swarm mode
  • Run containers in a Docker Swarm, including the definition of services, stacks and the usage of secrets
  • Understand the architecture and application model Kubernetes
  • Define and manage a container-based application for Kubernetes, including the definition of Deployments, Services, ReplicaSets and Pods

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • docker-compose
  • docker
  • kubectl

 

702.3 Container Infrastructure (weight: 4)

Weight: 4

Description: Candidates should be able to set up a runtime environment for containers. This includes running containers on a local workstation as well as setting up a dedicated container host. Furthermore, candidates should be aware of other container infrastructures, storage, networking and container specific security aspects. This objective covers the feature set of Docker version 17.06 or later and Docker Machine 0.12 or later.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Use Docker Machine to setup a Docker host
  • Understand Docker networking concepts, including overlay networks
  • Create and manage Docker networks
  • Understand Docker storage concepts
  • Create and manage Docker volumes
  • Awareness of Flocker and flannel
  • Understand the concepts of service discovery
  • Basic feature knowledge of CoreOS Container Linux, rkt and etcd
  • Understand security risks of container virtualization and container images and how to mitigate them

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • docker-machine

Topic 703: Machine Deployment

703.1 Virtual Machine Deployment (weight: 4)

Weight: 4

Description: Candidates should be able to automate the deployment of a virtual machine with an operating system and a specific set of configuration files and software.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand Vagrant architecture and concepts, including storage and networking
  • Retrieve and use boxes from Atlas
  • Create and run Vagrantfiles
  • Access Vagrant virtual machines
  • Share and synchronize folder between a Vagrant virtual machine and the host system
  • Understand Vagrant provisioning, including File, Shell, Ansible and Docker
  • Understand multi-machine setup

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • vagrant
  • Vagrantfile

 

703.2 Cloud Deployment (weight: 2)

Weight: 2

Description: Candidates should be able to configure IaaS cloud instances and adjust them to match their available hardware resources, specifically, disk space and volumes. Additinally, candidates should be able to configure instances to allow secure SSH logins and prepare the instances to be ready for a configuration management tool such as Ansible.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understanding the features and concepts of cloud-init, including user-data and initializing and configuring cloud-init
  • Use cloud-init to create, resize and mount file systems, configure user accounts, including login credentials such as SSH keys and install software packages from the distribution’s repository
  • Understand the features and implications of IaaS clouds and virtualization for a computing instance, such as snapshotting, pausing, cloning and resource limits.

 

703.3 System Image Creation (weight: 2)

Weight: 2

Description: Candidates should be able to create images for containers, virtual machines and IaaS cloud instances.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand the functionality and features of Packer
  • Create and maintain template files
  • Build images from template files using different builders

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • packer

Topic 704: Configuration Management

704.1 Ansible (weight: 8)

Weight: 8

Description: Candidates should be able to use Ansible to ensure a target server is in a specific state regarding its configuration and installed software. This objective covers the feature set of Ansible version 2.2 or later.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand the principles of automated system configuration and software installation
  • Create and maintain inventory files
  • Understand how Ansible interacts with remote systems
  • Manage SSH login credentials for Ansible, including using unprivileged login accounts
  • Create, maintain and run Ansible playbooks, including tasks, handlers, conditionals, loops and registers
  • Set and use variables
  • Maintain secrets using Ansible vaults
  • Write Jinja2 templates, including using common filters, loops and conditionals
  • Understand and use Ansible roles and install Ansible roles from Ansible Galaxy
  • Understand and use important Ansible tasks, including file, copy, template, ini_file, lineinfile, patch, replace, user, group, command, shell, service, systemd, cron, apt, debconf, yum, git, and debug
  • Awareness of dynamic inventory
  • Awareness of Ansibles features for non-Linux systems
  • Awareness of Ansible containers

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • ansible.cfg
  • ansible-playbook
  • ansible-vault
  • ansible-galaxy
  • ansible-doc

 

704.2 Other Configuration Management Tools (weight: 2)

Weight: 2

Description: Candidates should understand the main features and principles of important configuration management tools other than Ansible.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Basic feature and architecture knowledge of Puppet.
  • Basic feature and architecture knowledge of Chef.

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • Manifest, Class, Recipe, Cookbook
  • puppet
  • chef
  • chef-solo
  • chef-client
  • chef-server-ctl
  • knife

Topic 705: Service Operations

705.1 IT Operations and Monitoring (weight: 4)

Weight: 4

Description: Candidates should understand how IT infrastructure is involved in delivering a service. This includes knowledge about the major goals of IT operations, understanding functional and nonfunctional properties of an IT services and ways to monitor and measure them using Prometheus. Furthermore candidates should understand major security risks in IT infrastructure. This objective covers the feature set of Prometheus 1.7 or later.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand goals of IT operations and service provisioning, including nonfunctional properties such as availability, latency, responsiveness
  • Understand and identify metrics and indicators to monitor and measure the technical functionality of a service
  • Understand and identify metrics and indicators to monitor and measure the logical functionality of a service
  • Understand the architecture of Prometheus, including Exporters, Pushgateway, Alertmanager and Grafana
  • Monitor containers and microservices using Prometheus
  • Understand the principles of IT attacks against IT infrastructure
  • Understand the principles of the most important ways to protect IT infrastructure
  • Understand core IT infrastructure components and their the role in deployment

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • Prometheus, Node exporter, Pushgateway, Altermanager, Grafana
  • Service exploits, brute force attacks, and denial of service attacks
  • Security updates, packet filtering and application gateways
  • Virtualization hosts, DNS and load balancers

 

705.2 Log Management and Analysis (weight: 4)

Weight: 4

Description: Candidates should understand the role of log files in operations and troubleshooting. They should be able to set up centralized logging infrastructure based on Logstash to collect and normalize log data. Furthermore, candidates should understand how Elasticsearch and Kibana help to store and access log data.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand how application and system logging works
  • Understand the architecture and functionality of Logstash, including the lifecycle of a log message and Logstash plugins
  • Understand the architecture and functionality of Elasticsearch and Kibana in the context of log data management (Elastic Stack)
  • Configure Logstash to collect, normalize, transform and store log data
  • Configure syslog and Filebeat to send log data to Logstash
  • Configure Logstash to send email alerts
  • Understand application support for log management

The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:

  • logstash
  • input, filter, output
  • grok filter
  • Log files, metrics
  • syslog.conf
  • /etc/logstash/logstash.yml
  • /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml

LPI Explains DevOps Tools at LinuxDays 2017

October 6, 2017

LPI Explains DevOps Tools at LinuxDays 2017

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) invites you to LinuxDays 2017 hosted at the Czech Technical University (Prague) to connect with, and learn from, members of the thriving Open Source community.

Whether you are new to Linux or, have been building systems/software with it for years, the conference is ideal you if you are enthusiastic about honing your Linux skills. That’s because in pulling together its program, the event organizers have spanned a broad range of relevant topics – and tagged each topic by level experience. As a result, you can choose the sessions that matter most to you whether you are a Linux beginner, have skills at the intermediate level, or consider yourself a hacker.

At this year’s event, LPI’s Director of Certification Development, Fabian Thorns will lead a session entitled, ‘DevOps Tools Explained: Update Your Arsenal’ which is designed for experienced system administrators and software developers who want to remain up-to-date on the use of DevOps tools as well as extend their ‘toolbox’. Fabian will share insights that he gathered from the Open Source community around the globe in developing LPI’s new DevOps Tools Engineer certification. After attending the session, you will be better equipped to choose, and use, today’s most popular DevOps tools to help you achieve your goals.

‘DevOps Tools Explained: Update Your Arsenal’ is scheduled for Sunday October 8th at 14:00. If you are unable to attend the session, feel free to reach out to Fabian (or any member of the LPI - Central Europe Team).

As the world’s first and largest vendor-neutral Linux and open source certification body, LPI is pleased to support LinuxDays.

Join LPI at Ohio Linux Fest 2017

September 18, 2017

Join LPI at Ohio Linux Fest 2017

Tap into the open source community. Enrol in a boot camp. Save on certifications.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) invites you to Ohio LinuxFest on September 29th and 30th in Columbus Ohio – one of North America’s most established open source events.

Tap into the Open Source Community

The event, in its 15th year, caters to System Administrators and Product Developers of all skill levels. So, whether you are a part-time enthusiastic hobbyist or a full-time dedicated professional, Ohio LinuxFest provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the open source community by attending speaker sessions, taking part in boot camps, and pursuing technical certification.

According to LPI’s Executive Director, G. Matthew Rice, ‘This is one of those rare events where you get a true pulse of the Linux and open source community. That’s because members from Linux User Groups from around the globe gather here to learn from one another. At the same time, the session speakers, the ‘birds of a feather’ get-togethers, and on-site training workshops arm IT professionals with the practical insights they need to stand out from the crowd. All these elements in one place create tremendous excitement; it’s why people return to Ohio LinuxFest year after year and why LPI is proud to be a part of it.’

Enrol in a Boot Camp

In addition to the conference speakers, the Ohio LinuxFest hosts a series of specialized training sessions – including a full-day LPI Boot Camp led by Don Corbet – that will help you quickly determine if you’re ready to pursue an LPIC-1 certification and serves as a refresher if you want to take the certification exam at the conference or in the future.

Don Corbet has been training I.T professionals for over 30 years. As a result, his sessions focus squarely on the content that participants need to pass certification exams. In the case of the on-site LPI Boot Camp, for instance, Don covers the objectives of LPIC-1 exam 101 objectives in the morning and the LPIC-1 exam 102 objectives in the afternoon. Check out Don’s LPI Boot Camp.

Save on Certifications

Register now to take advantage of a discount exclusive to Ohio LinuxFest attendees on all LPI certifications. Write an LPIC paper-based exam at Ohio LinuxFest on September 30th for $99 US or Linux Essentials for $69 US. Note: on site exams will commence at 1pm (EST).

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Hosting a Successful Global Summit: Lessons for Project Managers


July 21, 2017

Hosting a Successful Global Summit: Lessons for Project Managers

By: Jasmina Jocic

Introduction

Every year, Linux Professional Institute (LPI) gathers staff, regional partners, and strategic partners from all over the world to discuss how to better serve the needs of the Linux and Open Source community.

Helping to organize a global event that taps into the energy and enthusiasm from open source community leaders from several counties is a true challenge. So, in this blog, I will share lessons that any project manager who works with an international organization can use to ensure their events are more successful.

Background

The first thing to keep in mind is that I have worked with LPI for less than a year in my role as Project Manager. So, when I was helping to plan the 2017 LPI Global Summit, many of the people who were contributing to the event were unknown to me. As a result, I worked closely with a colleague, John Meaney, LPI’s Director for Regional Development, who has well-established relationships throughout LPI.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                              
Second, people who contributed to the summit come from dozens of countries, communicate in several languages (other than English), expect different outcomes from the event, and have a wide range of technical expertise. That meant John and I engaged with LPI colleagues, sponsors, attendees, and the event speakers, using every form of communication available.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                              
Third, given the global nature of LPI (i.e. having Regional Partners in more than 20 countries) and the complexities/costs associated with juggling schedules, planning content, and managing event logistics, it was crucial that every minute at the summit was worthwhile for all attendees.

The Event
 
The good news is that the summit was, by all measures, a success. In part, this was due to the extensive planning; but it was also owing to the shared sense of support and community held by attendees, regardless of their role in the event. Each summit activity reinforced a core value of LPI: disparate viewpoints are genuinely accepted and respected.

While challenging conversations were had, differences in opinions and practices were acknowledged, discussed, and embraced. I was more than surprised to see this approach from all our attendees, I was inspired by it.

By the end of the event, all attendees had contributed to how LPI will evolve over the next year. I look forward to the next summit and with it, the opportunity to savor more lively conversations and wonderful success stories from partners.

Key Lessons

When pulling together an important event that draws people together from the around the globe, I recommend the following for any project manager:

  • Involve people who have existing relationships with key stakeholders early when planning the event. This allows you to ‘piggy back’ on their relationships and establish credibility quickly.
  • Use every communication channel available to you to build and sustain rapport with stakeholders.  
  • Maintain a regular schedule of check-point meetings throughout the event planning. These should be outcome-driven sessions as well as brainstorming sessions. Both are critical to keep deliverables on schedule and minimize project-related risks.
  • Devote time to understanding the cultural expectations and patterns of communications of relevant stakeholders.
  • Since team members are located around the world, use these events to strengthen working relationships.
  • Allow yourself to enjoy the event that you have helped organize.
  • After the event, collect, review and circulate the lessons learned.

As the Project Manager for LPI, I welcome your insights about how to best manage short- and long-term events/projects for international organizations.

About Jasmina Jocic:

Jasmina Jocic

Jasmina Jocic joined Linux Professional Institute, LPI in mid-2016 in the capacity of Project Manager. She holds M.Sc in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and she is trained and certified in project management. Connect with Jasmina on LinkedIn or via email (Jjocic at LPI.org).

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