I’ve finally decided to start the trek toward the CCDE. With the upcoming changes to the CCNA/CCNP/CCIE programs it made the decision easier. I wasn’t going to finish a CCIE before February, so that route wasn’t an option.
Step 1: Figure out what to study
Cisco has provided a reading list here: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-1673
There’s also a learning matrix here: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccde/written_exam/study-material
I went through both and compiled a book list. I already had physical copies of most of the books. I was able to find some use copies that were under $10. Other books were out of print, or difficult to justify spending the money when only a chapter or two were needed. I also found that some of the books were available through Safari’s online library.
Step 2: Study
I am hoping to take the written exam in the summer, so I have a lot of reading to do. As I go through the different books I intend to detail some of the more challenging concepts here. Doing so helps me reinforce what I’ve learned, and it might help some future reader grasp a topic. I’m also planning to put more detail around what material I found helpful, and what I thought wasn’t a good use of time.