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The Phoenix Project

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

The Phoenix Project
Written by: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
Narrated by: Chris Ruen
Genres: Business
Published: 7th of April, 2015
Length: 14 Hours 46 Minutes


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Five years after this sleeper hit took on the world of IT and flipped it on its head, the fifth anniversary edition of The Phoenix Project continues to guide IT in the DevOps revolution. In this newly updated and expanded edition of the best-selling The Phoenix Project, co-author Gene Kim includes a new afterword and a deeper delve into the Three Ways as described in The DevOps Handbook.

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 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. Listeners will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they’ll never view IT the same.



Infuriatingly Hard To Stop Listening To

Review by: Morgan HobbesThe Phoenix Project written by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford was, for me, infuriatingly hard to stop listening to. Reading the cover, you'd think it'd be a rather dry book about an IT department struggling to meet impossible targets and deadlines.

You'd be half right. It's compellingly written, though, so I couldn't help but get sucked into the drama, the chaos, and had me rooting for the IT guys and gals to get a win.

I picked this up because it is somewhat related to my day job. Many of the struggles in this book are ones I have put up with and some I'm still trying to overcome. Filled with lots of great examples that not only explain how DevOps works and great practices to implement to make your department function, explained in a way that virtually anyone can understand.

If more books existed like this to explain other concepts, learning would be so much more fun. I could easily listen to and learn any subject if it was written in this style.

Narration by Chris Ruen was fine. Not a whole lot of distinction between some voices, but enough not to get lost. Quality was excellent, with no flaws, double-takes, or background sounds to pull me out of the story.

TL;DR - This was surprisingly good for what is a rather mundane topic. I'll be listening to it again to tweeze out pieces of wisdom.


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