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The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations Paperback – Illustrated, October 6, 2016
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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.'
About the Author
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 Salon.com, InfoWorld.com, 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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Author makes some good points, but man this is the most wordy book I've read in a while. You'd be better off Googling DevOps or watching a couple 10 minute YouTube videos.
Prepare to be bored.
Interestingly, I’ve worked mainly in research environments where I’ve been in charge of both Development and Operations at the same time. I worked in a corporation with separate Dev and Ops for a few years – and I worked on the Ops side then.
I agree wholeheartedly with the insights this book shares. I like rapid, swift, and small deployments over heavy and charged deployments. That allows life to be better on the developers and the operations folk. I prefer to be able to roll-back a small change (that happens several times a day) instead of potentially disabling a system with a large change. That’s how I maintain my code personally, so I have no problem with asking an organization to do the same.
I’m continuing to read about the movement towards a combined DevOps role. Apparently, this group puts out annual reports and has been pushing this out since 2014. It is viewed as a successor to Agile Management of projects. I appreciate their voice and their contribution for the management of computer programmers.
I'm reading this book with a few other leaders in my organization and we are excited to get started. We've already got teams doing Valu Stream Mapping some of our workflows with the largest organizational impacts.
We are building on the success of our small 1.5 pizza software development team. They are doing awesome work that if like to scale to the rest of my organization.
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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.
All DevOps must read.
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.