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Audit 101 For DevOps: Resource Guide for “The Phoenix Project” (Part 3: Correctly Scoping IT Using GAIT and GAIT-R)

This blog article continues the description of the “body of knowledge” that underpins “The Phoenix Project,” which started in Part 1: Reading Lists and Part 2: Kanban And DevOps. Bad things happen to organizations when we scope incorrectly the IT portions of an audit, regardless of the type of audit (e.g., financial reporting such as SOX-404, contractual obligations such as
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Kanbans and DevOps: Resource Guide for “The Phoenix Project” (Part 2)

This blog article continues the description of the "body of knowledge" that underpins "The Phoenix Project," which started in Part 1. In short, kanban boards are awesome. They appear prominently in "The Phoenix Project" as the mechanism to visualize work, limit WIP and ensure fast flow, especially where work crosses organizational boundaries (e.g., between Dev and Ops) or bottlenecks (e.g.,
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The Amazing DevOps Transformation Of The HP LaserJet Firmware Team (Gary Gruver)

In this blog post, I want to share with you one of the most startling stories of DevOps-style transformation I’ve ever seen. It’s a truly remarkable story for a variety of reasons: they improved the productivity of developers by 2-3x, but it wasn’t for software supporting a website.  Instead, it was for the firmware software that supported the enterprise HP
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The Science Behind the 2013 Puppet Labs DevOps Survey Of Practice

(This is a post written by Gene Kim and Jez Humble) Last year, we both had the privilege of working with Puppet Labs to develop the 2012 DevOps Survey Of Practice. It was especially exciting for us, because we were able to benchmark the performance of over 4000 IT organizations, and to gain an understanding what behaviors result in their
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Register For Flowcon! See The Best DevOps Enterprise Practitioners On Nov 1, 2013 In San Francisco!

  I’ve had the privilege of working with Jez Humble on helping shape his upcoming Flowcon conference. Jez is one of the most prominent figures in both DevOps and development — he’s the co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series. Jez
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Adrian Cockcroft Wants You To Write The Next Netflix DevOps Monkey! Deadline is September 15, 2013!

Everyone in DevOps knows Adrian Cockcroft (@adrianco). Among other things, he’s the director of architecture for the Cloud Systems team at Netflix. He is focused on availability, resilience, performance, and measurement of the Netflix cloud platform. While he was a Sun Distinguished Engineer, he wrote the famous “Sun Performance and Tuning; Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Web Services,” which
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A Personal Reinterpretation Of The Three Ways

A note from Gene Kim: Last year, I got an email from Tim Hunter that blew me away.  Among many brilliant things, he sent me a rewrite of The Three Ways, which are intended to be a set of principles from which you can derive all the observed DevOps patterns from. When I read what he wrote, my jaw dropped.
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How To Better Sell DevOps: The Construction Of “The Phoenix Project”

In this blog post, I will describe why we modeled “The Phoenix Project” so closely on Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt’s seminal book “The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement,” how we used Dr. Goldratt’s Logical Thinking Processes to create a succinct description of the IT downward spiral that almost every organization is affected by, and then I’ll describe the resulting structure
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How We Used Google AdWords For Title/Subtitle Testing For “The Phoenix Project”

In this post, I will describe the six steps we went through to use Google AdWords to test titles/subtitles for “The Phoenix Project” book, how we tested with specific audiences as defined used the UX-style personas for each of the major characters in the book, how we interpreted the AdWords campaign results, and our conclusions and final decision on the
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Where To Learn More About Concepts In “The Phoenix Project” (Part 1)

On behalf of my co-authors, George Spafford and Kevin Behr, thank you for all your kind words and support for The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win. One of the most requested items has been a list of recommended reading and further resources to learn more about the philosophies, tools and techniques that were
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