Eduardo Calvillo
Dec 12, 2016 · 2 min read

The Phoenix Project: Lessons I learned

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

At First Glance

I enjoyed the book, it is easy to read and it puts forward quite clearly the problems that can be faced by an IT department within the organisation, as well as the solutions to those problems.
The book remained me of “The Adventures of an IT Leader”, but without the academic details at the end of each chapter.

The Book

It is an academic book, you read it to learn more about solving problems within an IT Organization. However, it is written as a story. Bill is our hero, and we follow his story after being promoted to VP of IT Operations, and all the problems he faces within the organisation, as well as the solutions he is proposing to each of them. The book is not a great novel, so don’t expect to read a gripping tale of adventure and betrayal with deep and troubled characters. But the story is a good way to get lessons across, it is fun to read and I could not help myself, but identify few characters with colleagues I have worked on in the past. Mainly because of their job role.


The book puts forward the idea of DevOps and using Lean Manufacturing concepts in an IT organisation. Whereas Scrum focuses on how to organise work within a Team, this book focuses on how to organise the flow of work within the whole organisation. Drawing parallels with manufacturing engineering. My takeaway lessons are…

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