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The Phoenix Project Audiobook

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

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Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It's Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO.

The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill's entire department will be outsourced.

With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of The Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined. With the clock ticking, Bill must organize work flow, streamline interdepartmental communications, and effectively serve the other business functions at Parts Unlimited.

In a fast-paced and entertaining style, narrator Chris Ruen brings to life a story by three luminaries of the DevOps movement. Listeners will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again.

©2014 Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford (P)2015 Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford

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    Peter San Diego 10-21-17
    Peter San Diego 10-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great book."

    This book made me stop and think about how our technology is leveraged across the enterprise.

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    Oak Grove Technologies 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome book"

    Loved it could not wait to get to the car and get stuck in traffic!

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    THill 10-19-17
    THill 10-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"

    Every John and Brent should forced read this every month. Really if you work in IT and have not read this you are have a rough ride ahead. If you are business leader tired of IT leaders telling you they more, they need everyone here or some there, they are building a IT business not supporting yours.

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    Jason B. Massae 10-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome book about IT and business relationships. "

    Really shows the relationship between business and IT and how they need to work as one.

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    Marius Davidsen 10-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A excellent description of the issues in many IT organizations"

    With more than 10 years working as a consultant in operations, it’s gives a very good description of many of the issues that arise in IT organizations, not just large 200+ but any size from 5+ it’s still relatable. But, it’s not a problem unique to IT, and the thinking and issues are applicable to and organization that delivers goods or services.

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    Anonymous 10-15-17
    10-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read for business and IT professionals"

    This book reenforced and summarized the way and tools to apply Agile and Dev Ops to the organization to drive success. Most memorable moment was John's change...we all need to watch for when we need to change, we all can change. Awesome job by Chris reading this book with his different voices for each character.

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    Li4n4 10-15-17
    Li4n4 10-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative Book about IT & Business"

    This book is educational but told in a story format. It is certainly informative. Thanks!

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great DevOps introduction"

    I liked the history and the way it help us to understand how collaboration between dev team and ops team are crutial for companies to sucess in the agressive and changing IT world

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    Jeffrey A. Miller Westerville, OH United States 10-11-17
    Jeffrey A. Miller Westerville, OH United States 10-11-17
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    "Great story! Insightful and enlightened."

    This book incorporates extremely realistic scenarios in a way that gets your pulse pounding and, at times, your blood boiling. I think I'm going to begin screening future employers on the basis of whether they've read the book, and to what degree they espouse its principles.

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    Ruben 10-04-17
    Ruben 10-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "love it"

    Amazing book I'm really well not narrated. Which to fine few more books like it.

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  • Matt Williams
    12/1/15
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    "An example of Audiobooks being better"

    This is one of those books where reading it would have been much harder than listening to the audiobook. Listening to it being spoken makes it feel a little bit like just overhearing a conversation from a friend or colleague, which is easier to listen to than read. The book is full of office politics, and overcoming problems in an office, so if that type of thing bothers you it's one to avoid, but if you find office politics amusing - or can enjoy the absurdity of it all then it's a book you'll enjoy

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • JSW
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    "How IT can help the business WIN"

    An eye opener. A good read, good therapy, a great mindset and a practical guide.

    If you are a passionate practitioner of technology to achieve successful business outcomes then read this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Anthony Fawkes
    6/13/15
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    "project management and IT"

    This is probably one of the best books I've ever listened to. The storytelling is great and helps give you a grounding in IT operations and project management. I whole heartedly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    7/27/16
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    "Thoughtful Parallels"

    This book novelises quite successfully a journey of discovery as an IT Manager raises his sights and game to focus on the organisation not the tool. As one character says 'it is not rocket science' but even the obvious point land in unfamiliar ways and I found myself comparing the story to my own organisation. This has a wider application than just IT. It was a pleasure to consider these ways of thinking in the setting of a pretty good novel ableit that some characters seem broadly drawn. That said - the characters were drawn the way you see your colleagues and the story is told first person. A good read and listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    7/19/16
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    "If you work in tech"

    If you work in IT/sys eng/Dev/Dev Ops, you need to read this book. I worked in a department that had issues like this and now we are sitting in a better place than we were then, so can relate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pawan
    7/12/16
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    "A perfect introduction to DevOps"

    Very well written and naratted.... A great way to explain the problem and then solve it step by step......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. E. Gideon
    England
    7/8/15
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    "Excellent fable on the role of I.T.in business."

    Well worth the listen. Could apply to other functions too but to a lesser extent

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Anthony Dawson
    London, England
    2/8/17
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    "How true"
    Would you listen to The Phoenix Project again? Why?

    I plan on listening to this audiobook regularly to remind me how to turn a horror into a joy. This book probably sums up most IT companies and their bad practices and how to make them right - this book is a reminder of how to do things properly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric is the saviour of this book. He makes comparisons to non-IT departments and shows that a department is just a department - and IT is not sacred at all.


    What about Chris Ruen’s performance did you like?

    Chris Ruen's delivery was excellent. He wasn't just reading. He got into all the characters - it was super.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/27/15
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    "Amazing"

    From large IT into lean principles and devops. What a wonderful book.

    Powerful story and messages about triumph in the face of adversity and the application of common sense and team work

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/29/15
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    "Awesome"

    This should be required reading for anyone working in IT or In a senior business role.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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