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The Phoenix Project (A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win)

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***Over a half-million sold! And available now, the Wall Street Journal Bestselling sequel The Unicorn Project *** “Every person involved in a failed IT project should be forced to read this book.” ―TIM O'REILLY, Founder & CEO of O'Reilly Media “ The Phoenix Project is a must read for business and IT executives who are struggling with the growing complexity of IT.” ―JIM WHITEHURST, President and CEO, Red Hat, Inc. Five years after this sleeper hit took on the world of IT and flipped it on it's head, the 5th Anniversary Edition of The Phoenix Project continues to guide IT in the DevOps revolution. In this newly updated and expanded edition of the bestselling 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 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 a 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. “This book is a gripping read that captures brilliantly the dilemmas that face companies which depend on IT, and offers real-world solutions.” ―JEZ HUMBLE, Co-author of Continuous Delivery , Lean Enterprise , Accelerate , and The DevOps Handbook
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The Phoenix Project (Book): This book helped me change my career trajectory in a positive way.

This is a great companion to "The Goal" and "The Phoenix Project," both of which use fictional narratives to illustrate best engineering practices in the context of saving a (fictional) business.

No matter you want to become a manager or architect, you need to know how to run a project.

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

I would recommend The Goal (E. Goldratt) over The Phoenix Project. Although The Goal is not about IT, I feel it’s much more didactic on how to identify problems and deal with them. In The Phoenix Project, things kinda fall into place without any deeper reasoning about why they should.
You may be interested in "The Phoenix Project" [0] which tries to apply some lessons from factory management to IT organizations.

My biggest take-away (and it's served me well as a team lead) is minimize work in progress (WIP). In practice, that meant encouraging contributors to focus on getting opened PRs reviewed/merged/deployed rather than opening new ones - which has cascading benefits.

A related takeaway is that when resources (engineers, key machines) are planned to be at capacity, they have no slack for dealing with unplanned work, so it's good to plan for resources to be under-utilized at certain times so that they can be more agile.

I've never seen "The Profit" but I'm looking forward to watching it now!

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