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The Phoenix Project

By Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

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***Over a half-million sold! And available now, the Wall Street Journal Bestselling sequel The Unicorn Project***

“Every person involved in a failed IT project should be forced to read this book.”—TIM O'REILLY, Founder & CEO of O'Reilly Media

The Phoenix Project is a must read for business and IT executives who are struggling with the growing complexity of IT.”—JIM WHITEHURST, President and CEO, Red Hat, Inc.

Five years after this sleeper hit took on the world of IT and flipped it on it's head, the 5th Anniversary Edition of The Phoenix Project continues to guide IT in the DevOps revolution.

In this newly updated and expanded edition of the bestselling The Phoenix Project, co-author Gene Kim includes a new afterword and a deeper delve into the Three Ways as described in The DevOps Handbook.

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must 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 a 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.

“This book is a gripping read that captures brilliantly the dilemmas that face companies which depend on IT, and offers real-world solutions.”—JEZ HUMBLE, Co-author of Continuous Delivery, Lean Enterprise, Accelerate, and The DevOps Handbook

Summary by AI

The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim

Authors' Background:

  • Gene Kim is a DevOps expert and author of several books on software development and IT operations.

Main Theme:

  • The importance of DevOps and the need for collaboration between development and operations teams to improve software delivery and reliability.

Key Points:

  • The Three Ways of DevOps: Flow, Feedback, and Continuous Learning
  • The Five Ideals of DevOps: Systems Thinking, Amplify Feedback Loops, Build a Culture of Continual Experimentation and Learning, Create Psychological Safety, and Automate Everything
  • The Phoenix Project Simulation: A fictional story that illustrates the challenges and benefits of DevOps
  • The Three Pillars of DevOps: Culture, Automation, and Measurement


  • Positive:
    • Widely acclaimed as a seminal work on DevOps
    • Practical and actionable advice for improving software delivery
  • Negative:
    • Some critics argue that it oversimplifies the challenges of DevOps
    • Can be technical and difficult for non-technical readers

Who Should Read It:

  • Software developers, IT operations professionals, and anyone interested in improving software delivery and reliability
  • Business leaders who want to understand the benefits of DevOps


Peter Trizuliak



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