Book Review: The Phoenix Project

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.

CISO Holiday Bookshelf

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.