The book of the month is…
The Phoenix Project: A novel about IT, DevOps, and helping your business win.
The book, written by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford, is widely regarded as the DevOps “bible.” It teach about the importance of breaking down silos at the organizational level in order to identify and manage constraints that negatively affect production.
The scenarios though are realistic failing companies due to poor ability to respond to the voice of the customer, overrunning major projects with no end in sight and a failure to understand the voice of the business with security demands that add days and months to lead times. With these realistic problems that no doubt face most of us the Pheonix Project lays out a number of tools and approaches that will lead the reader to think “that’s a good idea” or “that’s an amazing way of looking at it”. This is one of those rare (business) books that benefits from being re-read periodically. There’s a lot of information packed in this story
This is one of those rare business books
that benefits from being re-read periodically.
This book should be a must-read for everyone in IT or work with IT, it sets out the groundwork for implementing lean principles in IT. I think anyone with aspirations to help improve workflow through an organisation should read this and then sit down and think about the lessons presented within. It also teach the value of building collaborative corporate cultures illustrating why fostering a blameless. organizational culture is so important.
You will recognize a lot of the imaginary characters
in the book from their real-life workplace counterparts.
Everyone from IT and Business will recognize some or many events, which is why I think it can be also considered fun. There are many lessons to be learned because it is not purely theoretical but is written primarily from a practical point of view. A must for any IT person who wants to improve their job / condition and a must for any business person who wants to finally understand what it is all about.
Anyone with aspirations to help improve workflow through an organisation should read this
So I suggest that book!
More infos belows:
- Here you can find a downloadable excerpt from the book available from IT Revolution Press, the publisher.
- IT Revolution Press’ page for The Phoenix Project
- Gene Kim Q&A: DevOps transformation is not just for devs and unicorns