The Phoenix Project

it’s like looking in the mirror

So today I started reading “The Phoenix Project”. It’s A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win.

I’ve got it from Kim Gene how gave it to me for free. I had some other books to read first… and it was laying on the bookshelf for a couple of months. Today I walked by that shelf… and saw the book! I thought…. you know what…’s time to start reading this book.

And boy oh boy…. is this book like a mirror! I have not finished it yet! I’m only on like page 70 or so….. but what I’ve read until now is like my own life! Not to the detail (that would be really scary) no, but I recognise the story, the setting and the problems.

Yes.. I’m an IT Manager… and yes I’ve got the same problems. Don’t get me wrong, my problems are not as big as in this book. But they look alike. The company I work for isn’t that big and it’s a great company but we have the same sort of issue’s.

So what’s the book about?

Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It’s Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO.

The company’s new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and 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 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.

Although I didn’t learn anything new yet! I’m very anxious to read this book to the end in a few days.

If you are an IT Manager, a Lead Developer, a team lead or Scrum Master… I recon you should start reading this book!

I’ll let you know when I finished…. I’ll guess it’s gonna be part of mynchanging the company plan.

Wanna buy the book? Go To: The PhoenixnProject

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