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Karōjisatsu – In Plain English Burnout is Killing Us (Video)

This is a recent video I did at the NYC Devopsdays (2015) event based on this post “Karōjisatsu“. Here is a link to the slide deck. Karōjisatsu – In Plain English – Burnout is Killing Us from John Willis

The Phoenix Project Book Club?

Over the past couple of years, we’ve had several inquiries come in from various organizations and groups for a list of discussion questions for The Phoenix Project. Now that the book has sold nearly 90,000 copies, we thought it was pretty likely that you were already discussing the book and had some great questions you might want to share. Post a
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What I Learned: The Phoenix Project Audiobook

My first project as editorial director here at IT Revolution was to produce the audiobook version of The Phoenix Project. I have worked on many books as editor, project manager, designer, proofreader, and marketer in both print and digital. I was the primary copyeditor for The Phoenix Project back in 2012. I had never done an audiobook until now, so I thought I’d
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About 7 years ago, I moved back to Atlanta. The cloud thing was just getting started and I decided to start a local cloud meetup group.  One of the earlier attendees was a gentleman named Walter.  Walter was one of the more passionate participants in the early days of the meetup.  It turns out that Walter was a hardworking independent
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Book Review: “Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate At Scale” (Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O’Reilly)

In my journey, some of the moments I treasure the most are hanging out and learning from some of the best thinkers in the DevOps community. Without a doubt, this includes Jez Humble, famous for the book he co-authored with David Farley, “Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation”. (In my opinion, Jez is not only
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Uncovering The DevOps Improvement Principles At Google (Randy Shoup Interview)

In the previous blog post, I described Dr. Steven Spear’s amazing book called The High Velocity Edge, and his model of the structure and dynamics of high-velocity organizations. In this post, I will summarize the two hours of interviews I did with Randy Shoup to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of the causal model of how organizations doing
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Book Review: “The High Velocity Edge” by Dr. Steven Spear

In this blog post, I am going to tell you about the book The High Velocity Edge by Dr. Steven Spear. This book has influenced me tremendously, and especially for the two major projects I’m currently working on: the upcoming DevOps Cookbook (which we finally completed our first manuscript draft, which early reviewers will see sometime this week) and the
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DevOps Enterprise Summit Videos

Thank you for making the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2014 such a success. Not only was it evident that a community of practice exists that cares about implementing DevOps principles and practices in large, complex organizations, it’s obviously a vibrant one. At the conference, we assembled 50 speakers who shared their journeys, and as well as 700 fellow travelers with similar
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Organizational Learning And Competitiveness: Revisiting The “Allspaw/Hammond 10 Deploys Per Day At Flickr” Story

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Stoneham, currently the is CEO of Opsmatic. In 2009, he was the general manager of the Yahoo Communities business unit, of which Flickr became a part of. Yes, 2009 was also the year of the famous John Allspaw and Paul Hammond Velocity “10 Deploys A Day” presentation about
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At A Glance: 2014 DevOps Enterprise Summit Speakers, Attendees and Submissions

I’m extremely excited to share with you some of the details on the selected speakers for the DevOps Enterprise Summit (, as well as information of the attendees who have already registered. In our call for speakers, we asked practitioners and leaders to submit their stories of how they’ve transformed how software and services are delivered in large, complex organizations
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