Recently I have read a book: The Phoenix Project by Kevin Behr, Gene Kim and George Spafford;
About what the book is?
It's a business novel, where fiction is used to point the reader to some of the business values, but unfortunately in my opinion it makes reading a bit harder. The story is about a newly promoted IT manager who struggles to learn how to evolve outdated approaches in a big company, starting from "nothing" with plenty of legacy projects to handle, into a full DevOps based approach, with agile & lean management technics.
From that book you will learn about:
- basics about Technical Debt,
- how unproductive meetings make morale lower,
- how "unexpected requests" can affect the work of everyone in the company,
- how a "small fix" on a production server can lead to a P1 issue for the whole weekend,
- that you probably know a person like one of the heroes of that story: Brent,
- how Bus Factor can stop all the work of the IT department,
For whom I would recommend it? For sure:
- everyone who starts her/his journey with IT,
- every developer or anyone else aspiring to become a Product Manager or Engineering Manager,
- programers or DevOps will find a lot of "memories" (good and bad as well) in that novel.
If you are interested to read more about Bus Factor, please check out this article: