The Phoenix Project

A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win


Learn how to recognize problems that happen in IT organizations; how these problems jeopardize nearly every commitment the business makes in Development, IT Operations, and Information Security; and how DevOps techniques can fix the problem to help the business win.

Third Edition Coming January 2018!

Additional Book Info

  • Pages: 376

    Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

    ISBN: paperback 978-0988262508, epub 978-0988262577, Kindle 978-0988262584

    Publication: January 10, 2013


  • 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 a 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.

  • The Phoenix Project is a great way to get non-technical managers to understand what developers do. Every person involved in a failed IT project should be forced to read this book.” —Tim O’Reilly, Founder & CEO, O’Reilly Media

    The Phoenix Project is a must read for business and IT executives struggling with the growing complexity of IT.” —Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat, Inc.

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The Phoenix Project (Audiobook)


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Mythbusting DevOps in the Enterprise

Anyone leading a company through a DevOps transformation will encounter minor to significant internal skepticism or lack concrete experience. This document lists the most common leadership and cultural traps and provides high-level reassurance and evidence that DevOps practices are generally applicable and plausibly successful in enterprise environments.

An Unlikely Union: DevOps and Audit

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The DevOps Handbook


Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices. More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. This non-fiction follow-up to The Phoenix Project shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by demonstrating how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.