I recently read "The Phoenix Project", a book about Devops and IT culture. I'd heard this book talked about in blogs and podcasts and decided after hearing about it again in The Packet Pusher's episode 176. 


First, the book is an easy read, I was done in three days. It isn't written like your typical technical book, in fact it isn't technical at all. The book is a fictional novel that is designed to showcase a fictional company that is experiencing a crisis in their business and how they learned and applied Devops principles to get back on track to profitability. As the characters in the story learn to apply Devops they begin to see a rapid improvement in their results. I certainly had a few moments when I was reading where I had to stop and think about their methods and relate them to my experience. 


If  I had one complaint about the book, they gloss over the hard work and the time it will take to change cultures. Each of us are creatures of habit and any sufficiently large organization will have a hard time changing culture. The book uses a make-or-break crisis to force their organization to change just in the nick of time. I do say that quick of a transformation won't happen in just a few weeks.


Mild criticism aside, I would certainly recommend anyone in our field add this to your reading list, there are benefits for engineers, developers, managers and just about anyone tied to IT or finance of IT.  I've asked my boss to read the book so we begin thinking about some culture shifts.

AuthorKelly McDowell