My review of “The Phoenix Project”, writen by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford.

The Phoenix Project — Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford The Phoenix Project — Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

“The Phoenix Project” is not really a technical book – in fact, as its subtitle “A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win” indicates, it’s more like a novel. And, really, it reads like a story.

This books tells the story of Bill, an IT manager at a large company where IT is… well… in troubles. Long lead times, huge week-end-long heroic battle to try to release a product, huge presure, outages, other companies releasing better software faster and gaining market shares as a result, hundreds of untracked demands from everyone all bottlenecked by that one guy who’s the only one to know the architecture of everything, fires everywhere that prevent people from working on what trully matters…

During the course of this adventure, Bill will discover “The Three Ways” (flow from development to ops, fast feedback, constant experimentation + repetition and practive) and put DevOps processes and practices in place. We’ll see how he comes to those, how they are set up and, ultimatelly, how they help him – and his company – succeed!

Well, reading “The Phoenix Project”, I recognized several situations I’ve been in or I’ve seen around me (even if not quite that bad!), and quickly found myself rooting for Bill!

55 This book is entertaining, it introduces Agile and DevOps concepts in a somewhat unusual – but enjoyable – way.

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In fact, after finishing this book, I immediately bought “The DevOps Handbook”, also co-authored by Gene Kim – and here’s my review of “The DevOps Handbook” ;-)