I read this book a couple of years ago, and at the time, I was employed by a rather large regional retail organization dealing with very similar issues. I found myself replacing the names of the characters in the book with those of my own co-workers as I read and suffering a profound sense of deja vu. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough to anyone working in or with a business of any significant size, in IT or not. Gene Kim and team have put together a story both entertaining and truly educational. You will come away with an eyeopening respect for DevOps, business goals, and the role of IT in business.
I had the pleasure of meeting Gene at a conference not long after the book came out and my respect for him and his mission to educate the world on the challenges of effective devops has only grown since.
I tweeted this article out yesterday, but wanted to go ahead and add a few comments. I have personally read a few of these books and many of the others are on my reading list. I am a particular fan of “The Phoenix Project” for anyone who has worked in an IT shop, specifically one in Retail. I started seeing co-workers on every page. Gene Kim and team did an excellent job capturing the realities and hopes of DevOps.
I also just finished “SpamNation”. Kudos to Brian Krebs for all of his efforts to make all of us safer from criminals and spambots the world over. I also want to complement the Epilogue. Mr. Krebs took the time to provide some very sound advice to his readers.