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4.0 out of 5 stars An everyday story of IT folk
A parable of life for IT folk, told from the point of view of mild-mannered Bill Palmer who is suddenly promoted out of his comfortable middle-management niche to Vice President of IT Operations. Then everything starts to go wrong.

The payroll fails. This is a BAD thing. Trying to fix it, they mess up the SAN (storage area network), another bad thing. Bill...
Published 9 months ago by jacw2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's egg: good in parts but missed many things
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Bill can't remember how to spell his wife's name (Mostly "Paige", sometimes "Page").
He is so out-of-touch at the start he has no inkling that there is a BAU problem.
By page 100 he still doesn't realise he needs Portfolio Management and major redocumentation.
I like the way the motormouth marketing woman is set up as...
Published 15 months ago by A. P. Farrell-vinay


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 10 July 2014
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P. Van Staden (Herts, UK) - See all my reviews
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Very good book, explaining so many problems in a story like fashion. Operations and Development working together to make a difference. Also management lessons in there. Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great tale about how and how not to deliver IT change., 2 July 2014
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Anybody, especially senior executives, who is involved in delivering IT projects in the IT department of a large company should read this book and will learn something. It's a great tale of how more can be delivered by doing less by getting everybody working together in a better way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars required reading for anyone in ops!, 1 July 2014
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This review is from: The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed this book. Nicely explains "devops" and how it can help a business. Anyone who has worked in IT ops for any period of time will easily relate to many of the scenarios in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the goal for IT, 8 Jun 2014
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Peter Morris "Peter" (Poynton, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Based on goal by goldratt, links the it and manufacturing well. Covers bits if ITIL, devops, lean, kanban and velocity
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5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot recommend this book highly enough, 6 Jun 2014
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This is the best book I've read on applying lean manufacturing processes to IT operations work. What makes is so great is that it is an expertly written, compelling story which leads you on a journey, rather than preaching dry theory.

Anyone with experience in IT will be utterly absorbed by the characters and situations in the story. On more than one occasion I felt like I was actually re-living past experiences, as the authors capture the relationships, motivations and consequences so accurately. With a background of failing IT established (which is made so real by shared experiences), the book slowly leads you through the main characters decision making process, showing you all the successes and failures he makes on the way to truly understanding how to manage the flow of work through his IT operations department.

Again, this book is brilliant, and should be a must-read for anyone either in IT, or in an origination supported by it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thought provoking book, 31 May 2014
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A great book, you might have the pieces but this paints the picture. Understand how IT and business need to work together to compete in our tech driven world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars addictive soap opera style drama for passionate dev types, 18 May 2014
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Literally could not put this book down. I was totally gripped by the drama set around head-slappingly frustrating dev issues that are so common when working in large organisations. It perfectly illustrated a vision of integrated tech utopia. However it does make you wish you had an all knowing mentor to point you in the right direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 26 April 2014
This review is from: The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win (Kindle Edition)
For anyone working in IT (middle) management this should be a must read, you've all read about DevOps, here's the guide from where you (probably) are now to where you should / want to be as a novel. Genius
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!!, 13 April 2014
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This book was an excellent read, this is a must read for everyone involved IT. It's an easy read and you'll enjoy associating the characters with the people you work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 13 April 2014
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I've never thought a novel about IT could be made interesting.
This book represents well what the life of an IT guy is like and some times it's even funny how is represented.

I've even taking some notes and recommendations of other books to read after this one.

Recommended for IT people.
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