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The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations Paperback – October 6, 2016

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The Three Ways Revisited | The DevOps Handbook

Wondering if The DevOps Handbook is for you? This book was created for anyone who wants to make serious changes through the DevOps methodology to increase productivity, profitability, and win in the marketplace. It is an 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 known as The Three Ways: Flow, Feedback, and Continual Learning and Experimentation. As the book works through the Three Ways, readers will be able to identify how high-performing companies leveraged these principles to win in the marketplace so your organization can replicate their success and execute your own successful DevOps transformations.

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About the Author

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.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IT Revolution Press; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1942788002
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1942788003
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.36 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.83 x 1.05 x 9.01 inches
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shold be NoOps handbook not DevOps
By Mark Grennan 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
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most comprehensive and practical DevOps guide out
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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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