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The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations by [Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Willis, Nicole Forsgren]

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Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur, the founder and former CTO of Tripwire and a researcher. He is passionate about IT operations, security and compliance, and how IT organizations successfully transform from "good to great." He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jez Humble is an award-winning author and researcher on software who has spent his career tinkering with code, infrastructure, and product development in organizations of varying sizes across three continents. He works at 18F, teaches at UC Berkeley, and is co-founder of DevOps Research and Assessment LLC.

Patrick Debois is an independent IT-consultant who is bridging the gap between projects and operations by using Agile techniques both in development, project management and system administration.

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. He has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

John Allspaw has worked in systems operations for over fourteen years in biotech, government and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at,, Friendster, and Flickr. He is now VP of Tech Operations at Etsy, and is the author of "The Art of Capacity Planning" and "Web Operations" published by O'Reilly. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The DevOps Handbook has been a critical resource when working with clients to transform their software delivery culture and processes. The book provides easy to understand, practical patterns for improving workflow, communication, and product delivery. -- Sam McLeod, DevOps Consultant

The DevOps Handbook is an amazing guide for anyone trying to improve their DevOps Kung-Fu in their companies. It literally covers everything you may need to know, and is filled with interesting case studies and real-life examples of how people have achieved success in their DevOps transformations. -- Ross Clanton, Chief Architect, Managing Director, American Airlines

This has become the defacto, "must read" reference book for organizations pursuing a DevOps strategy. The book's knowledge provides insightful and practical advice aimed at increasing DevOps success for every staffer, manager, executive, and team. -- Stephen Elliot, Program Vice President, I&O, DevOps, and Cloud Operations at IDC

…it's tone is as inviting as the case it makes is compelling. Business leaders looking for guidance about DevOps practices, or to get started on an implementation plan, will find much to work with here. ―
Publishers Weekly

Five years on, The DevOps Handbook is still an anchor in a sea of ever changing technical currents and topical winds. As relevant now as it was in the beginning. -- Shane Carlson, Principal Executive Architect at ServiceNow

There are a lot of DevOps books, but very few that offer concrete, practical, and implementable advice and a roadmap for not just adopting DevOps practices and principles, but for also measuring their success. The DevOps Handbook is the definitive long-form guide for achieving success with DevOps methodologies. -- Nigel Kersten, Field CTO, Puppet

DevOps can be somewhat mysterious. What does it really mean to 'break down silos?' The DevOps Handbook is just what's needed: a practical guide that shows you how to get started making real progress. -- Jeff Sussna, CEO, Sussna Associates
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09G2GS39R
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IT Revolution Press; 2nd edition (November 30, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 30, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 19316 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 720 pages
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shold be NoOps handbook not DevOps
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 16, 2016
I'm finding this book mostly small minded and hype for the DORA group.

The first book "The Phoenix Project" was great and did a good job showing how the silos in tech companies can work together. I was hoping this book would go either deeper in the tech tools and show how to build workflow or more employee management (culture) to bring Sales, Ops and Dev together. Instead this book self conflicting and shallow.

Example: "Myth - DevOpst Means Eliminating IT Operations or ""NoOps""". Then says.. "... the right culture norms, small teams of developer are able to quickly, safely, and independently deploy ... changes into production" That is the definition of NoOps.

It also talks about building a trusting work place where Devs are allowed to make mistakes (because they can recover from them fast) but says nothing about the human aspect of managers firing Ops people because they missed a 2am alert and it escalated to his boss.

It is also written with many absolute comments (sales talk) Like: in chapter 1 when FOCUS(ing) ON DEPLOYMENT LEAD TIME it implies all large batch work can be reduced. This ignores IT issues like conversion of big production data sets that can take weeks.

This book comes with an code to "TAKE THE DORA DEVELOP X-RAY ASSESSMENT AND SEE WHERE YOU STAND". Marc Andreessen is famously quoted as saying, "The spread of computers and the internet will put jobs in two categories: people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do." Or, "automate all the things" and reduce work and work force. The Answer is - Get out of OPS go back to DEV and prepare to work on small meaningless bit of code.

The one subject this book does cover that the Phoenix Project did not is SECURITY. However, this books still see the Sec group as outsiders writing tasks (after the fact), reviewing Dev code and training DevOps and creating DevOpsSec. It thinks or hopes security problems can be coded away with tools like Gauntlt.

Conclusion: If you're looking for some good quotes about why / how you / 're company should / can move faster to build a minimum viable product (MVP) in the lease amount of time by WIP-ing works not creating it.... This book is for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a handbook
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on March 15, 2019
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Gavin Deadman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most comprehensive and practical DevOps guide out
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 7, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most comprehensive and practical DevOps guide out
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 7, 2021
This is the best book I’ve read on DevOps and it follows on nicely from Gene Kim’s other book The Phoenix Project.

It’s quite easy to think that DevOps practices are just something that dev teams deal with and the value is simply just an increase in throughput, but the book provides clarity on the colossal value that adopting a DevOps culture and the principles can have on teams, the business, and customers.

Throughout the book, Gene echoes the importance of having the whole product team (product manager, designer and several engineers)) involved in the transformation, as well as focusing on outcomes, and to achieve outcomes you need to collect data and learn through experimentation which is covered in the book too.

Gene gives good advice that it’s important to avoid funding projects and instead you should fund services and products: “A way to enable high-performing outcomes is to create stable service teams with ongoing funding to execute their own strategy and road map of initiatives”.

This is the most comprehensive and practical DevOps guide out there and the layout makes the content easy to digest. The book covers:

– History leading up to DevOps, and Lean thinking
– Agile, and continuous delivery
– Value streams
– How to design your organisation and architecture
– Integrating security, change management, and compliance

The principles and tech practices of:
1. Flow
2. Feedback
3. Continual Learning and Experimentation

“Our goal is to enable market-oriented outcomes where many small teams can quickly and independently deliver value to the customer”
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for an up to date review this is your book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference and perfect companion to the Phoenix Project
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best, most digestible and useful work-related book I ever read.
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