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The Phoenix Project by Behr, Spafford and Kim

It is rare for me to read an entire book over the course of a week. I usually take months to get around to cracking open a good ol’ paperback and taking the time away from some kind of screen to sit down and enjoy a novel. I don’t typically read novels. But, with this book, it was all too easy. A friend of mine, James Loosli, recommended this book to me. He said it would change the way I looked at IT and business and it did.

A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

The book was easy-to-read and upbeat, if not fast paced. The authors never get into the really technical nitty-gritty of IT things, but they do a good job of giving you the overall gist of any one of the hundreds of situations our protagonist is faced with. Even if you’re not an IT person you’re still going to be able to cruise through the book with a good understanding of what’s going on. This book covers:

I couldn’t find a link for the explanation of “The Four Types of Work” and I won’t elaborate on them because an important part of the book is guessing what they could be and figuring it out for yourself.

Overall, this book does a great job of bridging the gap between business and IT. You would never think of associating IT work with the workflow of a manufacturing plant, but after reading this, it makes a lot of sense.

10/10 would recommend.