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The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win Kindle Edition
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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.
Regardless of your specific role, I'm certain that you'll learn something useful (and more importantly, actionable). I've changed my approach to doing a few things already based on lessons I've taken from the book and I still need to process some more ideas around how to do stuff better. I expect that I'll be reading it at least one more time through so that I don't miss anything that I could make use of.
One month ago, I'd never heard about this book. Of all the interesting and useful things that I took away from the Microsoft Global MVP Summit this November, I suspect that this will have the greatest impact. Fellow PowerShell MVP Steven Murawski often talks about DevOps and recommends this book in his presentations. He's such a fan of the book that he brought a bunch of copies to give out and I was very glad to receive one after hearing him extol its virtues.
Having read the first few chapters on the flight back from Seattle, on landing I purchased the Kindle edition from Amazon UK so that I could carry it around on my Kindle and phone in order to reduce the barriers to being able to consume it!
Personally, I love the approach that this book takes. By encompassing so much useful information about ITSM, DevOps methodologies and much more in a novel with an engaging storyline, I was able to read it much more easily and quickly that many of the dry technical texts that bog down our industry. I think that it also helped me to digest the information and apply it to my work situation more easily, even though I work in a significantly different type of organisation to that in the story.
The bottom line is that this isn't just a good book, it's an important book. You should read it at the first available opportunity. We'll all be the better for it.
I thought this was a really smart mix of factual IT problems and fictitious storytelling. It’s a really enjoyable and relatable read that I would certainly recommend.
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 "damn, that's a good idea" or "that's an amazing way of looking at it". There's a moment in the book (I got it on kindle first, but now I have a physical copy that's getting the highlighter treatment) where one of the executives more or less goes "well dur well done you've figured it out" to which another goes, "well why didn't you think to explain this to everyone?" we often assume that the obvious is obvious to everyone, it's like a person watching poker on TV who can see everyone's cards going "well that outcome was obvious" clearly it wasn't to the people playing who couldn't see the cards.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Seriously good read, love the way this written as a novel and not a mgmt bookPublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book, builds up an overall DevOps approach layer by layer but, as it is delivered in the form of a novel, the reader is allowed time to take in the concepts described and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Peter King
Coming from a technical background, I found The Phoenix Project highly relatable and compelling. It's written in a way that immerses you in the situation at hand, and makes you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C Jones
I was sceptical when reading the reviews on this book - but I have to say that it is written in a great way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NatWest
Entertaining, and a good read, but characters are one dimensional and there is nothing new in this book you haven't read of experienced somewhere else.Published 1 month ago by Tor Fredrik Eriksen
An easy read and one people should be able to relate to if working in the IT industry - techie and non-techie alike.Published 1 month ago by S. Hafeez
A good read, and relevant, but it gets bogged down and just dull about 3 quarters of the way into it.Published 1 month ago by ceejay
It's a story..., book does not really give Dev Ops techniquesPublished 1 month ago by Imanuel Greenfeld
Easy to read but very rich and informative.
Provides real-world context to understand IT as it positions it as part of the business rather than an abstract function. Read more