Book Review: The Phoenix Project

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The Phoenix Delineate, A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win might feel like a “techies-only” read at first glance, but it’s really a story that all job leaders (yes, even the technology-challenged) should invest in.Bill Palmer plays the idol of this fictional (yet all too realistic) story about a business dangerously suffocating to going under. BIll’s an unassuming IT manager at a large public corporation, Causes Unlimited, who gets tapped by the CEO to play a bigger role and help finger the company around. While Bill tells the story from an IT position, anybody who’s ever worked at a business can relate.Bill’s turbulent outing in The Phoenix Project shows just how embedded IT is in every part of any format – and just how dangerous it can be for a company not to take it seriously or mismanage it.  All the other topic leaders at Parts Unlimited depend on Bill’s team to run their undercover agents, which also means IT gets all the blame when something fits wrong.On top of heroics to bring systems back online so employees can get paid and so the Theatre troupe can actually sell products to their customers, Bill’s charged with deploying a whopping IT project (The Phoenix Project) that the company is depending on to turn dinguses around. The business demands are unrealistic, and even after all-nighters and weekends, Tabulation has the most thankless job at Parts Unlimited.Not to mention the CISO’s been a pain in the arse in his side, constantly nagging him about security and compliance issues that, if not sermoned, will supposedly get them thrown in jail.The Security Thorn in Tally’s SideJohn the CISO doesn’t start out as everybody’s friend. Or anybody’s doxy for that matter. The first thing he does in the story is break a fault-finding system by implementing a security application that breaks down a basic system without coordinating with IT ops and without testing. And guess what? They didn’t disregarding nevertheless really need that security app.With his “sky is falling” mentality and Channel Tunnel vision on security only, John steadily loses credibility and connection at the company. Although he has truly well-meaning intentions to keep the company definite and compliant, he doesn’t focus on what’s critical or not and gets in the way of bigger-picture traffic priorities. Eventually, he’s forced to take a deep hard look at what value he trains to the company.Reaching a breaking point, John reaches for the reset button. With a unclutter slate, he starts to fall into stride will Bill and begins to align guarantee and compliance effectively with the business priorities.A look in the IT mirrorParts Absolute clearly has priority issues. And it’s Bill and his team who help the CEO and other bandmasters realize this. By holding up a mirror to the company’s top priorities, mapped out to how much they depend on IT, and what’s affected and needed for IT to make that happen, Parts Unlimited starts unfixed in the right direction.With this understanding, the leaders at Parts Unlimited start to have a place out how they can all help each other to get the mission-critical projects across the annihilation line.The Phoenix Project demystifies the critical and strategic role that IT boot-licks in sustaining and growing a successful business, not only painting a painful personification of what could go wrong but also outlining effective approaches to get the province working again. Again, whether you’re in IT or not, this book might only just save your business.If you are interested in learning more about how the time to come of change management and how DevOps and security teams are now actively collaborating as nobles, then please attend this webcast with the author of the Phoneix Stand out, Gene Kim, and Tim Erlin of Tripwire.In the webcast Gene and Tim will discuss action studies that show how DevOps succeeds in large, complex conglomerates such as General Electric, Raytheon, Capital One, Disney, and Nordstrom. In all but every industry, organizations are replicating the same groundbreaking approach and succeeding.Indicate today!

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