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The Phoenix Project and further essential reading for DevOps enthusiasts…

If you want to understand what DevOps is about, in a jargon-free, realistic narrative, there’s no better place to begin than reading this book:


The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win – by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford (IT Revolution Press, latest edition 2014) – ISBN 978-0988262508

In Amazon this is “#1 Best Seller in Operational Productivity” – how’s that for a cool sounding shelf…

If you haven’t read The Phoenix Project, go buy it from your nearest good bookshop (or Amazon, yeah) and – trust us – you won’t put it down. You will then know about the why behind DevOps and a lot more about the related ideas such as continuous delivery, Kanban, kata, constraints, and non-dysfunctional teams! Go beyond the jargon and cargo cult.

But this book didn’t come out of nowhere. In the current 2014 edition Gene Kim provides a very helpful resource guide explaining where the ideas and narrative DNA came from for this book. Picking the key titles from this, we’ve put together an infographic “The Phoenix Project and further essential reading for DevOps enthusiasts” – check out version one below:


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List of titles

The Phoenix Project (2013)
Kim, Behr, Spafford

The Visible Ops Handbook (2004)

Visible Ops Security: Achieving Common Security and IT Operations Objectives in 4 Practical Steps (2014)
Kim, Love, Spafford

DevOps Cookbook (COMING SOON)
Allspaw, Debois, Edwards, Humble, Kim, Orzen, Willis

Web Operations: Keeping the Data On Time (2010)
Allspaw, Robbins

Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation (2010)
Humble & Farley

Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-ready Software (2007)
Michael T Nygard

The Lean Startup (2011)
Eric Ries

The Goal (1989)
Eliyahu M. Goldratt

It’s Not Luck (2002)

James Holt, Washington State University programs:
EM526 Constraints Management
EM530 Application in Constraints Management

The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving (2007)
H William Detner

Personal Kanban (2011)
Benson, Barry

Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business (2010)
David J Anderson

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (2010)

Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results
Rother (2009)

ITIL Service Operation (2007)

ITIL Service Support (2000)

Velocity 09: John Allspaw and Paul Hammond “10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr”


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See also: The Incredible True Story of How DevOps Got Its Name

Marketer at Clearvision, George is an agile futurist, evangelizing enterprise transformation via DevOperative collaboration and continuous delivery of digital. Thought leader (of ironic thoughts). Disruptive profile text flaneur.