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 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, narrator Chris Ruen brings to life a story by three luminaries of the DevOps movement. Listeners will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again.
©2014 Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford (P)2015 Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford
In this book you will see yourself and your colleagues in a new light. The Steves, Pattys, Johns, Dicks, Wes and Brents exists in my world. Luckily an Eric recommended me to read this book.
Thank you so much for writing this book. The book has got a great live experience which really really helpful. Some times it makes more sense when you keep your tech cap away. Great book I would recommend to read it to all who work in the vast field of IT
"Theory and Practice merged"
I honestly didn't know a book like this could exist. The format really took me by surprise, but luckily, it was a pleasant one. Essentially it follows a newly promoted IT operations manager as he tries to improve the way the IT department works in his company while struggling with all the bureaucratic challenges that come with higher management positions. The really interesting part though, is that the book goes through a lot of sound theoretical concepts and we see how they're applied practically in the business.
It's still more of a novel in that it has a story and interesting characters that you see grow, which really are the driving force behind this book. The story and setting are relatively basic, but that's actually perfect since it's easier to relate to when there's all the theoretical content to get your head around. It's hard to be too critical of the characters, since again, they're mostly there to make a point and generalize the type of people that you encounter in organizations. That being said, there were some characters and events that were a little too unbelievable, which often broke the sense of realism and made you realize that you're reading a fictional story.
This kind of book would be a great source for students to study from since rarely have I seen theory and practice so closely linked in a book. Usually it's a ton of theory pushed down your throat with a sprinkling of real world examples thrown in. There's definitely some leaps and issues that would have to be addressed, but if anything, that would make it more interesting to disseminate. I'm just a bit worried now that someone reading this thinks they can turn their whole company around in three months.
If you work in IT, you MUST read this book! It will save your sanity! Having been in IT for my entire career, it hits closer to home than anything I've read before. It's like "The Goal" by Eli Goldratt for IT!
"The most gripping novel I have read in a long time"
I have been in the help desk, I have been in IT management, I have been in the upper echelons of management and business ownership.
The ideas put forth in this book are groundbreaking for today's economy and will be the groundwork for the highly agile businesses of the 21st Century.
If you want to make progress in your Enterprise and you are getting blowback from your managers, give them this book.
"I have no idea why I liked it."
I am not in business or IT. this couldn't be further from my field or life. but still, somehow the story was compelling enough that I read it for the pure entertainment and really enjoyed it.
"Amazing for developers"
Even if you are not in a management role, this book is phenomenal! As a developer, there is so much to take away and apply to my everyday work. The only negative is that I wish I read this sooner.
"Better than I thought"
I am not an IT guy but a blue collar worker. There is a lot of understanding of processes that translate to everything in the business field.
I would recommend this to everyone who is in any business. It gives good examples of work and problem solving.
Take a chance and listen to, or read this book
Quite accurately describes contemporary IT culture in a way that I'm sure a lot of IT organizations can relate too and a surprisingly entertaining listen.
"Best book to learn with fun devops management"
Very good book on learning devops for manager and the narration is very very good!!
"Up There with The Goal"
There are very few books I am compelled to read more than once this is one of them. Eliyahu Goldratt's The Goal is another.
In fact, I want to own the Kindle version of this book, very likely the physical version of this book, and I will re-listen to this audible for sure.
I have been in the technology consulting business for a very long time. And before that in technology companies in operations role of one sort or another. Although this book is a business fiction novel it portrays frighteningly realistic scenarios probably faced by most people in the technology field or business in general.
It is clear that the authors took painstaking measures to present business and technical situations that are not contrived for the purposes of writing their story or making their points. A refreshing change from so many other business books take a fiction novel approach.
Too many books and consultants portray point solutions as though they cover a broad array of challenges. Too many methods fail to convey let alone illuminate real world challenges. Too many point solutions fail to acknowledge the limitations and fail to expose the reader or receiver of advice to anything that does not support the ideas being promoted. As a result businesses are on the receiving end of very bad advice. This book does none of that.
In practice real practitioners pull from a multitude of sources for inspiration and for execution. The Phoenix Project does exactly this.
I plan to gift this book too many friends colleagues and clients in technology related business situations.
Frankly, this book has a story that's more compelling, less contrived, and more accessible than even The Goal (and several of Goldratt's other business novels) and yet follows very much in a similar mold. Very much dense with usable material, rich in relevant and believable situations.
Have not listened to other performances by this reader. Some character voices were not consistent at times and in others weren't sufficiently nuanced--again, at times. In a few rare occasions the inflections were not what I would have expected from the context of the situation in the story. However, his portrayal of the primary figure was superb and spot-on believable as a person in the role. As a work of spearheading a movement, believability is crucial to credibility and acceptance. As such minor and rare departures are low-impact and do not affect the story or the message.
This is IT. And IT's not funny.
Discontinuities in sound engineering was noticeably disjointed in some places. Like it was clear when takes were spliced together in some places.
"READ This Book"
I know a lot of IT people have heard of this book. It is now time to read it. Then, DO IT! I found myself angry during parts of the book and cheering during others. I bet you will find your organization somewhere in this book. I hope you are near the end. If not, figure out why and fix it.
"How IT can help the business WIN"
An eye opener. A good read, good therapy, a great mindset and a practical guide.
If you are a passionate practitioner of technology to achieve successful business outcomes then read this book.
"An example of Audiobooks being better"
This is one of those books where reading it would have been much harder than listening to the audiobook. Listening to it being spoken makes it feel a little bit like just overhearing a conversation from a friend or colleague, which is easier to listen to than read. The book is full of office politics, and overcoming problems in an office, so if that type of thing bothers you it's one to avoid, but if you find office politics amusing - or can enjoy the absurdity of it all then it's a book you'll enjoy
From large IT into lean principles and devops. What a wonderful book.
Powerful story and messages about triumph in the face of adversity and the application of common sense and team work
"project management and IT"
This is probably one of the best books I've ever listened to. The storytelling is great and helps give you a grounding in IT operations and project management. I whole heartedly recommend this book.
This should be required reading for anyone working in IT or In a senior business role.
This book novelises quite successfully a journey of discovery as an IT Manager raises his sights and game to focus on the organisation not the tool. As one character says 'it is not rocket science' but even the obvious point land in unfamiliar ways and I found myself comparing the story to my own organisation. This has a wider application than just IT. It was a pleasure to consider these ways of thinking in the setting of a pretty good novel ableit that some characters seem broadly drawn. That said - the characters were drawn the way you see your colleagues and the story is told first person. A good read and listen.
"If you work in tech"
If you work in IT/sys eng/Dev/Dev Ops, you need to read this book. I worked in a department that had issues like this and now we are sitting in a better place than we were then, so can relate.
"A perfect introduction to DevOps"
Very well written and naratted.... A great way to explain the problem and then solve it step by step......
I can relate to Brent in this story. Tired and frustrated I barely can keep my head above daily interruptions, changing priorities and never complete tasks. This book has openned my eyes - there is so much waste in my work that no mater how hard I try, it doesn't bring any value. And, its partially my fault.
I recommend this book to anyone even remotely related to IT or software development.
I've made this required reading for my management team. the story is compelling. Much better via Audible than as the book.
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