The Phoenix Project 2nd Ed.

A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

Publisher: O'Reilly, 2014, 382 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9882625-0-8

Keywords: DevOps

Last modified: March 21, 2016, 4:44 p.m.

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.

  • Part 1
    1. Tuesday, September 2
    2. Tuesday, September 2
    3. Tuesday, September 2
    4. Wednesday, September 3
    5. Thursday, September 4
    6. Friday, September 5
    7. Friday, September 5
    8. Monday, September 8
    9. Tuesday, September 9
    10. Thursday, September 11
    11. Thursday, September 11
    12. Friday, September 12
    13. Monday, September 15
    14. Tuesday, September 16
    15. Wednesday, September 17
    16. Thursday, September 18
  • Part 2
    1. Monday, September 22
    2. Tuesday, September 23
    3. Tuesday, September 23
    4. Friday, September 26
    5. Friday, September 26
    6. Monday, September 29
    7. Tuesday, October 7
    8. Saturday, October 11
    9. Tuesday, October 14
    10. Friday, October 17
    11. Tuesday, October 21
    12. Monday, October 27
    13. Monday, November 3
  • Part 3
    1. Monday, November 3
    2. Monday, November 3
    3. Monday, November 10
    4. Tuesday, November 11
    5. Friday, November 28
    6. Friday, January 9
  • The Phoenix Project Resource Guide
    • Introduction
    • Why Do DevOps?
    • Where Do DevOps Came From
    • The Three Ways Explained
    • Top DevOps Myths
    • The Four Types of Work
    • Further Reading
    • Notes


The Phoenix Project

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Very Good ******** (8 out of 10)

Last modified: March 21, 2016, 4:44 p.m.

A book in the tradition of The Goal/The Race etc. A bit goofy, but written so anyone should be able to understand the concepts.

What is most surprising is that it is really well written and achieves its goals very well, i.e. to teach you about DevOps. OK, you can be a bit irritated over the hero worshiping style sometimes, but it works.

Absolutely recommended reading if you're into IT, at whatever level!


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