Understand the origin and fundamentals of DevOps before the vendors define it with bad tools sold through great executive presentations.
Design your organization structure, processes, network, systems and tools for repeatability to maximize IT Delivery and business value.
Understand the value proposition automation brings, don't just automate current process for faster execution of bad logistics.
Expect more than great results, expect effective process flow that can reproduce the same great results again and again.
Understand the role of dashboards in a DevOps world. They are fundamental to measuring success, providing feedback and course correcting work efforts.