Wondering if The DevOps Handbook is for you? 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. It is the all-inclusive guide for planning and executing DevOps transformations while providing background on the history of DevOps and dozens of 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.
The DevOps Handbook digs into the three foundational principles underpinning DevOps, now 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. The hope is that large organizations 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
- More than 40 DevOps case studies, including Amazon, Etsy, Capital One, Google, Facebook, Intuit, Nationwide Insurance and many more
- More than 400 pages of DevOps applications, lessons and “how-to’s”
- DevOps data gathered from more than 25,000 data points.
- A follow-up to The Phoenix Project which has sold 250,000 copies
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.
Next week we will take a more thorough look at the First Way. You can order the book and follow the IT Revolution blog as we unpack each of the three ways to set a solid foundation for DevOps practices that lead to organizational transformation.