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March 6, 2018

Beyond The Phoenix Project: Word Clouds From Each Module

By Gene Kim

Last week, I posted several articles that describe each module from Beyond The Phoenix Project, along with excerpts from each — this is from the nine hours of recorded audio that John Willis and I created, summarizing hundreds of hours of research into the bodies of knowledge that DevOps draws most heavily upon.

We are told that the audio series will posted on Audible and iTunes later this week — while we are waiting, I decided to create word clouds for each module of Beyond The Phoenix Project. I find word clouds to be an astoundingly quick and deep way to visually portray what each module covers.


At the bottom of this post, I also provide links to the source code to generate the word frequencies, as well as the instructions for generating these on

Module 1: The Phoenix Project

Module 2: Goldratt

Module 3: Deming

Module 4: Lean

Module 5: Safety Culture

Module 6: Learning Organizations

Module 7: The Panel

Module 8: Case Studies


As before, you can download all nine excerpts from Beyond The Phoenix Project here!

Gene Kim and John Willis

PS: The source code for generating the word clouds can be found here:

- About The Authors
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Gene Kim

Gene Kim is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, researcher, and multiple award-winning CTO. He has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999 and was the founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He is the author of six books, The Unicorn Project (2019), and co-author of the Shingo Publication Award winning Accelerate (2018), The DevOps Handbook (2016), and The Phoenix Project (2013). Since 2014, he has been the founder and organizer of DevOps Enterprise Summit, studying the technology transformations of large, complex organizations.

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