Hello, all my DevOps practitioners and enthusiasts! I recently wrote a book review about “The Phoenix Project”, a fictional novel that follows an organization’s DevOps transformation, thereby enabling it to escape an impending doom (going out of business) and begin winning in their market once again. Towards the end of the novel, one of the characters asks the VP of Technology to do him one favor; to “write a book, describing the Three Ways and Parts Unlimited. Call it The DevOps Handbook and show how IT can regain the trust of the business and end decades of intertribal warfare”. And wouldn’t you know it?! Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, and John Willis were already writing The DevOps Handbook! Where The Phoenix Project was a fictional novel, The DevOps Handbook starts with a technical breakdown of the underpinning principles of DevOps (“The Three Ways”). It continues with a prescriptive method for implementing DevOps within your organization.
DevOps transformation is more than just adopting tools and automation, although these are critical parts. One of the foundational pieces of a successful DevOps transformation is creating a healthy, generative culture that encourages learning, collaboration, and continuous improvement.