The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizationsby Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Willis Published 06 Oct 2016
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Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices.
More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. For decades, technology leaders have struggled to balance agility, reliability, and security. The consequences of failure have never been greater whether it's the healthcare.gov debacle, cardholder data breaches, or missing the boat with Big Data in the cloud.
And yet, high performers using DevOps principles, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy, and Netflix, are routinely and reliably deploying code into production hundreds, or even thousands, of times per day.
Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by showing how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace."
"The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations" Reviews
I believe this book captures the true spirit of the DevOps movement, it lays down the problems & challenges clearly, sets the stage for different roles in the organization, and offers a clear path from traditional model to an organization that efficiently delivers value continuously.
Highly and strongly recommended
The nonfiction follow up to the Phoenix Project. This has become my new Bible. A high level overview of what devops is and its best practices.
This book actually reminds me of the book “Release it ” but with much less emphasis on actual technical patterns but with a stronger accent on soft skills.
It’s also complimentary to the “Phoenix Project” written by the same authors.
If you’ve skipped the “Phoenix Project” or you don’t like to read the novels, like I do, I would recommend you to start with this book as it has much more momentum than the first book.
It has a bunch of great inspiring examples of successes from the companies that have embarked on the “DevOps journey” which to me is the best part of this book. Also the book is relatively recent therefore a lot of its advices are quite innovative and might be even disturbing to some.
My score 4/5
In the beginning, a lot of this book felt like a lengthy advertisement for The Phoenix Project, but my opinion improved over time. The material overall is not particularly new or earth-shattering, but the book does a good job of collecting several practices and underscoring their importance in a larger context. While the book has an understandable focus on cloud development, with a bit of ingenuity, several of the practices could also be adapted to more legacy desktop software development areas.
I did, however, find it extremely irritating how often the authors overused the phrase "win in the marketplace." a) It felt like lazy writing and editing that they couldn't come up with another description of overall project success, and b) For teams working on internal systems development, "winning in the marketplace" doesn't necessarily carry much weight or meaning.
tl;dr This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand, explain and implement DevOps culture, process and tools for high performance development and operations.
The DevOps Handbook (437 pages, 2016, Kim, Humble, Debois, Willis, Allspaw) is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand, explain and implement DevOps culture, process and tools for high performance development and operations. The Phoenix Project (2013, Kim, Spafford, Behr) took us through the challenges of IT development and operations in narrative form, and showed us sensible and human-centric solutions. The DevOps Handbook builds on that and provides a more detailed and practical guide to apply those solutions within your organization. It also extends the solutions from The Phoenix Project to cover information security and compliance.
The book includes case studies from Google, Capital One, Target, Netflix, etsy and other companies, demonstrating how DevOps culture and practices can improve business outcomes. There is material here for stakeholders in almost all parts of the organization, including upper management, operations, info sec, development and compliance.
I read this book cover-to-cover. The authors’ advice is thought provoking and should spark dozens of productive discussions within your team.
My 2nd time reading this was much better. The first time I felt like it was too much information packed into it.
But after a few years working in devops and coming back to it I found it to be pretty amazing. It does contain a ton of information and repeats things but in a deliberate way.
As others have said it's a must read for devops professionals, developers, testers or managers. It's a philosophy, not tools and this book lays out the philosophy well.