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November 30, 2021

The Three Ways Revisited: The DevOps Handbook, Second Edition

By IT Revolution

Wondering if The DevOps Handbook is for you?

First edition authors, Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois and John Willis developed this book for anyone looking to transform their IT organization—especially those who want to make serious changes through the DevOps methodology in order to increase productivity, profitability and win the marketplace.

In the newly released second edition, Nicole Forsgren has added new material, research, and statistics that prove DevOps really does work.

It is the all-inclusive guide for planning and executing DevOps transformations while providing background on the history of DevOps and more than 50 case studies to support DevOps principles. It also provides best practices to help organizations unite disparate teams, achieve common goals and obtain support from the highest levels of leadership.

At its core, The DevOps Handbook digs into the three foundational principles underpinning DevOps known as The Three Ways: Flow, Feedback, and Continual Learning and Experimentation. If you’ve read The Phoenix Project, you probably have a solid understanding of each. In a previous blog post, Gene provided a quick snapshot of each principle.

The DevOps Handbook follows in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project by offering a high-level examination of the Three Ways as the focus of Part 1 of the new book.

As the book works through the Three Ways, readers will be able to identify how high-performing companies leveraged these principles to win the marketplace. And with the added research and material in the newly released second edition, we the book shows that large organizations can replicate the success of high performers to execute their own successful DevOps transformations.

This six-part book is rife with useful content, including:

  • The resulting work from five years of collaboration and 2,000 hours of contribution between the co-authors to create the first edition.
  • An additional 100 pages of content was added or updated for the second edition.
  • More than 50 DevOps case studies, including adidas, Amazon, American Airlines, Etsy, Capital One, Google, Facebook, Fannie Mae, Intuit, Nationwide Insurance, Target, the US Air Force, and many more.
  • The second edition features more than 500 pages of DevOps applications, lessons, and “how-to’s”.
  • DevOps data gathered from more than 25,000 data points and nearly ten years’ worth of research from the State of DevOps Reports and more.
  • The first edition has sold more than 250,000 copies and become the de facto guide for DevOps transformations.

The DevOps Handbook leads with DevOps history, explaining how it was derived from bodies of knowledge that span over decades, and its resulting technical, architectural and cultural practices. Once the historical foundation is laid, readers dive into the Three Ways principles. Readers will have a deeper understanding of the theory and principles that led to DevOps today. The resulting concrete principles and patterns, and their practical application to the technology value stream, are presented in the remaining chapters of the book.

The fully updated and expanded second edition is now available in paperback, ebook and audio formats here.

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