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The Phoenix Project Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Ruby America 11/06/2015
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    "Interesting story"

    It is an interesting story and people can gain insights on process management. Narrative is good - worth to listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Geoffrey K. Brown Australia 13/08/2016
    Mr. Geoffrey K. Brown Australia 13/08/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Great narrator!"

    I loved it! Great narration and the storyline is funny, engaging, instructional and thought provoking.

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    Amazon Customer 08/07/2016
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    "Inspirational story about how IT should feel."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre 10/04/2016
    Pierre 10/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The day in the life of IT personnel"

    It was no surprise the events that unfolded but still a great listen for all

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    Jatin 10/03/2016
    Jatin 10/03/2016
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    "Way to Concur IT"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 05/11/2015
    Paul 05/11/2015
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    "Awesome book - Real World scenario"

    This is an excellent book!!

    It's like what Bill Palmer wanted to write in the dev ops book ...:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kris 21/10/2015
    kris 21/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great delivery of an important idea."

    I could help but relate to the story as IT fell into chaos. The methods that are portrayed have helped me greatly in my work.

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  • Peter
    23/11/15
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    "Theory and Practice merged"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Stacy Stark
    9/05/15
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    "Wonderful!"

    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!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin King
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    2/05/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Camila Wright
    22/11/15
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cbrown
    15/06/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    3/11/15
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • skattoju
    30/10/15
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    "Demystifying Devops"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    5/12/16
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    "Nailed it!"
    What did you love best about The Phoenix Project?

    This book absolutely nails IT! Well written from the perspective of an IT in a struggling business.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Guayaquil, Ecuador
    5/12/16
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    "recomendado! el mejor libro de dev opsque he leido"

    para todo aquel que desee liderar IT u operaciones, es muy similar manejar una fabrica usando TOC de Goldratt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bklyngal
    4/12/16
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    "Fun book on leadership and process improvement."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wanted a book on leadership, however, I kept getting generic and boring books telling you how to be a great listener, build relationships, blah blah blah. This book gives you a birds eye view of a manager getting unexpectedly thrown into a position and having a short amount of time to make enormous and numerous process changes. This is a book about continual process improvement and how it enables growth in any organization. As an IT professional and project manager, I laughed several times because I was familiar with many of the fires Bill's team had to put out. I learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to grow as a leader. The narrator was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • JSW
    14/05/15
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Williams
    1/12/15
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/07/15
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    "Amazing"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Anthony Fawkes
    13/06/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/05/15
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    "Awesome"

    This should be required reading for anyone working in IT or In a senior business role.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    27/07/16
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    "Thoughtful Parallels"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    19/07/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pawan
    12/07/16
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    "A perfect introduction to DevOps"

    Very well written and naratted.... A great way to explain the problem and then solve it step by step......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. E. Gideon
    England
    8/07/15
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    "Excellent fable on the role of I.T.in business."

    Well worth the listen. Could apply to other functions too but to a lesser extent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    2/12/16
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    "Overrated."

    You can get more in depth lessons in a direct manner by reading lean enterprise and 5 dysfunctions of a team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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