The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
BizBook Lab, Oct 15, 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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A wonderfully conceived book that is easy to read and digest. Its message is very clear through the characters in the story. This is not a "How-To" book really, but it does set the stage for those that are thinking about implementing DevOps or strengthening their current methodology with lessons learned in the book. I've marked up this book with notes more than I've done with any book in recent memory.