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The Phoenix Project,
5th Anniversary Edition

A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
Five years after this sleeper hit took on the world of IT and flipped it on it’s head, the 5th Anniversary Edition of The Phoenix Project continues to guide IT in the DevOps revolution. In this newly updated and expanded edition of the bestselling The Phoenix Project, co-author Gene Kim includes a new afterword and a deeper delve into the Three Ways as described in The DevOps Handbook.
by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford

The Phoenix Project is a must read for business and IT executives who are struggling with the growing complexity of IT."

— Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, RedHat, Inc.

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must 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.

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"Every person involved in a failed IT project should be forced to read this book."

Tim O'Reilly, Founder & CEO of O'Reilly Media
Articles by the Authors
The Three Ways: The Principles Underlying DevOps
by Gene Kim
The “Three Ways” are the principles that all DevOps patterns can be derived from. They describe the values and philosophies that frame the processes, procedures, and practices of DevOps, as well as the prescriptive steps, as described in The Phoenix Project.
Elements of the First Way: And the DevOps Implications
by Gene Kim

The First Way emphasizes the performance of the entire system, as opposed to the performance of a specific silo of work or department — this as can be as large a division (e.g., Development or IT Operations) or as small as an individual contributor (e.g., a developer, system administrator).

This book is a gripping read that captures brilliantly the dilemmas that face companies which depend on IT, and offers real-world solutions.

—Jez Humble, Co-author of Continuous Delivery, Lean Enterprise,
Accelerate, and
The DevOps Handbook
More Titles in this Series

The highly anticipated follow-up to The Phoenix Project. The Age of Software is here, and another mass extinction event looms—this is a story about rebel developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty…and opportunity.

Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix ProjectThe DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by showing how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.

Winner of the Shingo Publication Award. Drawn from the State of DevOps Reports, Accelerate measures software delivery performance—and what drives it—using four years of groundbreaking research and rigorous statistical methods.

Gene Kim and John Willis bring an oral history of the DevOps movement, as well as discuss the pivotal figures and philosophies that DevOps draws upon, from Goldratt to Deming; from Lean to Safety Culture to Learning Organizations. This nine-part series is a great way for listeners to take an even deeper dive into topics relevant to DevOps and leading technology organizations.

"A must-read for anyone wanting to transform their IT to enable the business to win. Told through an absorbing story that is impossible to put down, the authors teach the essential lessons in an accessible way. Every business leader and IT professional should read this book!"

—Mike Orzen, co-author of the the Shingo Prize winning book Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation
About the Authors

Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher and bestselling author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written six books. Since 2014, he has been the founder of IT Revolution and the organizer of the DevOps Enterprise Summit.

Kevin Behr is the founder of the Information Technology Process Institute (ITPI) and the general manager and chief science officer of Praxis Flow LLC. Kevin has 25 years of IT management experience and is a mentor and advisor to CEOs and CIOs. He is also the co-author of The Visible Ops Handbook.
George Spafford is a research director for Gartner, covering DevOps, technical change, and release management, in addition to the use of bimodal IT and the pace-layered application strategy. His publications include hundreds of articles and numerous books on IT service improvement, as well as co-author of The Visible Ops Handbook and Visible Ops Security.

"This book is the modern day version of The Goal.  Today, our constraints aren't robots inside our factories, but it's how we manage technologies like Tomcat and Java that power our most critical projects and applications. This book continues the journey that began with Shewhart, Deming, Ohno and Dr. Goldratt, and shows us how to diminish our modern constraints to help the business win."

John Willis, Senior Director Global Transformation Office, Red Hat
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