The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

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IT Revolution, Oct 14, 2014 - Business & Economics - 348 pages

Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It's Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO. 

The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill's entire department will be outsourced. 

With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of The Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined. With the clock ticking, Bill must organize work flow, streamline interdepartmental communications, and effectively serve the other business functions at Parts Unlimited. 

In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again. 


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One of the best DevOps books out there.
This is not like any technical books where it will tell you the problem and then take you through the steps on how to solve the issue. It is written in a
narrative style, more like a story, explaining the day to day problems that a company's IT departments have to deal with and based on this the main character together with his colleagues tries to solve those issues, however, this doesn't work as planned, until he meets Erik, which will help the main character, understand the DevOps culture and not only, understand what goes wrong, why is going wrong and how to better manage, plan and solve those issues.
Moreover, this book also describes the importance of the Development and Operation teams working together in order to help the business accomplishing its goals, which includes, but not limited to: deployment automation, servers (environments) provisioning, code testing and security implementation.
This book is a good read not just for DevOps engineers as myself, but also for people who would like to understand more about DevOps (be it entry level or advanced) as well as CTOs and CEOs as this will give them a good understanding on how critical the IT department is to a business and by understanding what the business goals are and how IT impacts those goals.

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Cast 2 Prologue 3 Chapter
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33

Chapter 10
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
The Phoenix Project Resource Guide
Why Do DevOps?
Where DevOps Came From
The Three Ways Explained
Top DevOps Myths
The Four Types of Work
Further Reading
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About the author (2014)

 Gene Kim is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years and has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and increasing the rigor around IT operational processes. In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the "40 Innovative IT People Under The Age Of 40" list, and was given the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University.

Kevin Behr is the founder of the Information Technology Process Institute (ITPI) and the Chief Strategist for the CIO and Board Advisory Practice at Assemblage Pointe, where Kevin has built a unique consulting practice that mentors and coaches IT organizations to increase their business effectiveness and competitive advantage now and over the long term through the application of improvement sciences.

George Spafford is a Research Director for Gartner covering process improvement in IT operations that leverage best practice references. He is a prolific author and speaker, and has consulted and conducted training on strategy, IT management, information security and overall service improvement in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and China.

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