- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: IT Revolution Press (1 January 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942788002
- ISBN-13: 978-1942788003
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
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The Three Ways Revisited | The DevOps Handbook
Wondering if The DevOps Handbook is for you? Authors, Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois and John Willis developed this book for anyone looking to transform their IT organization—especially those who want to make serious changes through the DevOps methodology to increase productivity, profitability and win the marketplace. It is the all-inclusive guide for planning and executing DevOps transformations while providing background on the history of DevOps and dozens of case studies to support DevOps principles. It also provides best practices to help organizations unite disparate teams, achieve common goals and obtain support from the highest levels of leadership.
The DevOps Handbook digs into the three foundational principles underpinning DevOps, now known as The Three Ways: Flow, Feedback, and Continual Learning and Experimentation. The DevOps Handbook follows in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, also by Gene Kim, by offering a high-level examination of the Three Ways as the focus of Part 1 of the new book.
As the book works through the Three Ways, readers will be able to identify how high-performing companies leveraged these principles to win the marketplace. The hope is that large organizations replicate the success of high performers to execute their own successful DevOps transformations. This six-part book is rife with useful content, including:
- The resulting work from five years of collaboration and 2,000 hours of contribution between the co-authors
- More than 40 DevOps case studies, including Amazon, Etsy, Capital One, Google, Facebook, Intuit, Nationwide Insurance and many more
- More than 400 pages of DevOps applications, lessons and 'how-to’s'.
- DevOps data gathered from more than 25,000 data points.
A follow-up to The Phoenix Project which has sold 250,000 copies, The DevOps Handbook leads with DevOps history, explaining how it was derived from bodies of knowledge that span over decades, and its resulting technical, architectural and cultural practices. Once the historical foundation is laid, readers dive into the Three Ways principles. Readers will have a deeper understanding of the theory and principles that led to DevOps today. The resulting concrete principles and patterns, and their practical application to the technology value stream, are presented in the remaining chapters of the book.
We are proud to announce that The DevOps Handbook has been given the 2016 DevOps Dozen Award for 'Best DevOps Book of the Year.'
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It can come across as a bit buzzwordy and sales-pitchy at times - I'd prefer to never again have to read either of the phrases "optimising the value stream" or some variation of "those who adapt these practices will succeed in the marketplace at the expense of those who don't". At a certain point the authors need to accept that either they've sold the reader on the concept or not, and just cover the concept that they're introducing.
I get that it's the concepts that are important and not the tools, but I would have appreciated an occasional breakout deep dive into the details of what someone did with tool X in order to accomplish objective Y. Those are lightly brushed on - example tools for accomplishing a given objective are listed, and there are case studies throughout - but they're often very evangelistic ("Etsy did X and optimised their value stream!") without the warts and all technical details. To be fair, there's an "additional resources" section in the back that points to more technical resources.
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If you're looking at this book 3 years after it has been out I would tell you to save your money and find something more recent. But for now, until the technologies and principals it mentions are considered outdated it is likely the best review of modern DevOps practices.
Buy it, read it and improve upon it
I do get the hype and hope that some of it comes true.... the pain of waterfall means I have to hope! If nothing else there’s some sales opportunities for the latest buzzword.
Everyone who works in a company with develops software for internal or external customers should read this book.
I chose this book after reading "The Phoenix Project" to get more understanding and insight for my own DevOps journey. The answers are all here. Now I just need to put them into practise.