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Accelerate your organization to win in the marketplace. 

How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years we've been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn't matter - that it can't provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance - and what drives it - using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for listeners to apply in their own organizations.
Listeners will discover how to measure the performance of their teams and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance. This book is ideal for management at every level.

©2018 Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim (P)2018 Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim

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Only if you have nothing else to do

Initially i sat down with an expectation of acquiring knowledge mentioned in the title of the book. I realized that this knowledge, at least partially, is in the book... hidden among unnecessary many and long explanatory phrases written in a schoolwork style, and performed/read in a monotone way.

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Amazing book, not audiobook

This book is not for an audiobook. Also the narration is quite distracting jumping into foot notes and diagrams.

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A businessy version of the DevOps Handbook

Perhaps all these authors wanted to do was to rehash the ideas of The DevOps Handbook with a more managerial spin. If that was their goal, then mission accomplished. This book had all of the personnel-focus that The DevOps Handbook had without any of the enlightening tech discussions. I would recommend this book to managers looking to get an idea of how Lean could apply to their organizations without having to dive into much technical detail. I would not recommend this book for techies looking for a blend between deploying tech and how it relates to business success/failure. For the second, I would recommend The DevOps Handbook.

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Cant stand the unhealthy breathing

I'm not sure why I noticed this but every sentence is followed by a loud inhale of air. I will just need to get a hard copy to read. It's so pronounced.

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Uses terminology Without Defining. BAD Narration

This book contains useful data for software development professional. Unfortunately, the author repeatedly uses terminology and acronyms that even veteran software developers and development managers won't know -- and doesn't define the unknown terms making the book hard to understand and often confusing. The narration is monotonous, robotic, humorless, hard-to-understand, overly-fast and boring -- only slightly better than my Kindle Fire's computer-generated narration. This book should definitely be renarrated by a more skilled voice actor.

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The most awful Voice ever

Very good book destroyed by a terrible reader! Destroyed the whole listening experience A big shame, I had to stop listening

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Rich Book on devops

I would recommend this book to anyone who are looking for a rich book on DevOps and more. The narration starts with a bit to long breaks between sentences but improves in quality eventually.

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bad audiobook

Skip this audiobook and get it as an ebook if you can. Too many charts and figure. Too much fluff. Bad narration.

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Great research !

Good research on how to understand how teams function. And how to measure software delivery 👌

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Good science except for the race baiting

There have been many times in my career where I felt the way we did things was wrong, but didn't have the data to prove it. This book goes through the promises from devops and quantifies them, sometimes in surprising ways. A great analysis of what to do to become an effective IT company (hint: young startup vs old bank makes 0 difference). The one let-down was their coverage of "diversity". Forsgren is very light-handed and careful with her recommendations throughout the book, but at the end somehow dives headfirst into a non-sensical command to "hire more women and minorities and everything will get better". With her other points she shows a clear causal link, whereas here the waters are murky, and yet she's somehow at her most fervent despite this. Don't discard the book over this, some of the greats of our time (such as Brene Brown, a favourite of mine) have been sucked into the promise of "diversity" fixing everything, even if it means attending crowded protests in the middle of a pandemic. This is a great book, just don't be surprised when it goes south in the final chapter.

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  • 04-10-19

This should not be an audio book.

This book may haves merits but they are completely lost in the audio book. You cannot follow or learn from this without the book also to hand which defeats the purpose.

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  • 12-20-18

disappointed

I have enjoyed reading Humble and Fowler before and learnt from them. This book is going to tell you that the status quo in development is correct. It will not tell you why or give you any useful insights on how to improve. There are no facts in this book. It just says "research has shown...". It will tell you not why or how conclusions are reached. It is jargon heavy and boring. I am up to date in technology and struggled to find any new challenging ideas or even any evidence for their ideas that I am generally following already. I am not sure who is the target audience for this book, I would not recommend it to anyone interested in dev ops or technology. I narrator is not as aweful as the content. I wish that I can get a refund.

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  • Romulo Gomes Nunes
  • 03-19-19

No images to see the charts :(

The book is great but the lack of images from the book makes it impossible to follow...

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  • James
  • 02-02-19

Content is good but difficult to absorb as an audio book

The content is very interesting and having one of the authors read it is great but I just found the subject matter difficult to absorb as an audiobook and ended up buying it as a paperback instead.

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  • 09-10-20

Very useful and practical

Thank you for doing the work and providing me with lots of learning and information I can use to experiment for continual team improvement. Thank you from me personal for providing me learnings. Have a great day. Dominic

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-20

Good insights

Easy to read. Easy to understand. Theoretical and practical. Very useful in practice as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-20

It's like a bible for all people involved in IT

Brilliant book. Even though might be difficult to listen descriptions of diagrams it does not really matter. Just skip those diagrams you won't lose much. However I strongly recommend to check out attached pdf

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  • P. HERDMAN-GRANT
  • 11-01-19

Narration is too fast

Cannot listen to this book, narration is way too fast. Trying .75 speed. Will update review if I can get along with it.

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  • Riethmayer
  • 08-28-19

Actionable and exceptionally structured

Culture eats strategy for breakfast and behaviours form culture. This book ties together behaviours for high performance teams and feels very complete. I am grateful for the research summary to better understand the design process of the book, which makes it less anecdotal. The quantitive approach reflects well in the highly structured narrative. This is an exceptional book and a must read for those who shape IT strategy.

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  • Joe Power
  • 09-18-18

A well presented guide to DevOps implementation

Well researched topic with many real world applications and a good roadmap for implementing DevOps within a team or organisation. The narrator, being one of the authors, brings added enthusiasm and humor to the performance.

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  • 08-30-20

Could be a 1 page text

Poorly written. Not very easy to pay attention to. there are more details about basic research methodologies than the implications of its core findings

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  • Reza
  • 11-26-19

the speaker is extremely dull

the speaker is extremely dull and keeps referring to footnote references that is very distracting. the book itself is great thought. I am not sure if I keep listening and otherwise go get the paper or kindle version.

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  • 09-26-18

disappointedly dull

being from such great entertainers like jez humble I expected something that was much less of a slog. seemed to be broken down intro 3 main parts. first they read out survey results, giving very little opinion or surprising results. they then spend a long time convincing the audience the statistical methods behind the survey were sound. finally there is an interesting chapter on a company that uses the well known Spotify structure. which was good but very short.

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  • 07-26-18

narrator was hard to get used to but great book

The content is great and the book flows well. I think with this book it needs an older narrator as it feels she is talking to you about the research etc and it's hard to take her serious at first as she sounds to young to know what she is talking about. she is a good narrator though and I really enjoyed listening to the book once I got used to her voice. the content is great although you can skip the chapter on research methods.