27 May, 2013

book review

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevelOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, & George Spafford

My Copy: eBook, 345 pages
Publication Date: January 10, 2013
Publisher: IT Revolution Press
Source: Free on Kindle

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 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 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.

 
Justin’s Review:

In The Phoenix Project, Bill gets thrown into the fire and has to save the company from complete failure.  The IT department is in complete disarray, with every project missing deadlines and going over budget.  I was able to really feel the pressure Bill was under while reading the book and I wanted to keep reading to see how it was going to turn out.
I thought that the authors did an excellent job blending the story with IT methodology and best practices for management.  All the characters were great.  They were very believable and I’m pretty sure I’ve worked with a few of them (LOL).  Although, as a piece of fictional work, I merely found it okay.  The writing was a little weak and the conversations mostly felt forced and unnatural.

Being someone who works in this industry, I really enjoyed it.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has either worked in IT/Development or just has an interest in it.

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