The Phoenix Project
-A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford
Time Investment: 343 pages, but easy to read; factor in about 2.5-3 hours reading time.
Reader: Tabitha Farrar, Marketing Content Manager at MobileDay
General Readability Rating: 3/5
There is enough personality in this book that even if you are not a developer you’ll enjoy the fable. You don’t have to know or care about IT either. This is a book about people—the people just so happen to be working in IT and struggling through a management problem. That said, if you are interested in DevOps or IT, you’ll probably learn something.
Skill Development Rating: 3/5
I don’t work in engineering, however I do work as a manager. I also work in an industry where the product is intangible. What this book shows is how an intangible product should still be offered a production line.
What this book doesn’t offer, is anything other than the narrative. You cannot skip to the back for a neat bullet point list of the lessons learned within the story. You’ll just have to read the whole thing!
The Phoenix project is similar to Death by Meeting in that a conflict arises and our hero’s job is on the line. Drastically. In both books, our hero knows that the sack is inevitable within a couple of months should a solution to a problem not be found. This adds urgency, and a “desperate times call for desperate measures” feel.
Regardless of its predictability, this model for managerial development stories works as an effective way to take a management concept and illustrate it. By enveloping such practices in a human story, the reader is more likely to feel invested in the outcome. And, as a result, learn more.
Would you recommend this book to a friend?
Yes, actually, I would. I think that there is something to be learned from this book regardless of the particular industry that you work in.