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Publisher's Summary

This award-winning and best-selling business handbook for digital transformation is now fully updated and expanded with the latest research and new case studies!

Over the last five years, The DevOps Handbook has been the definitive guide for taking the successes laid out in the best-selling The Phoenix Project and applying them in any organization. Now, with this fully updated and expanded edition, it’s time to take DevOps out of the IT department and apply it across the full business.

Technology is now at the core of every company, no matter the business model or product. The theories and practices laid out in The DevOps Handbook are tools to be used by anyone from across the organization to create joy and succeed in the marketplace.

The second edition features 15 new case studies, including stories from adidas, American Airlines, Fannie Mae, Target, and the US Air Force. In addition, renowned researcher and coauthor of Accelerate, Nicole Forsgren, PhD, provides her insights through new and updated material and research. This expanded edition is a must-listen for anyone who works with technology.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016, 2022 Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Willis, and Nicole Forsgren (P)2022 Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Willis, and Nicole Forsgren

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-22

Atrocious

A salad of vapid managerial buzzwords about the devops movement and how to "leverage it across channels up the value stream". Listening to this book feels like being in an unnecessary meeting at the office, except it takes much longer.

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  • Mark Angle
  • 23-02-22

A must read for the new tech generation

The content tends to be extremely dry, but the learnings within are invaluable to building or revamping a technology driven business.

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  • Phillip Dieppa
  • 23-06-22

Section Repeats are Unbearable!

The content is very, very dry. This is nothing like the Phoenix Project, nor should anyone expect it to be. However, this book would be best suited to keep a physical copy because transformation in any organization is slow. You’ll need to go back and reference sections of this book in the future. I had to stop listening because there were at least 6 sections of the book that were repeated a couple of times over. This book is unnecessarily long and drawn out.

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  • Jay
  • 30-04-22

It's an OK book

I have, The Phoenix Project, The Unicorn Project, Beyond the Phoenix Project, and the DevOps Handbook. So far, The Phoenix Project is really the only book that knocked it out of the park for me. The rest were kind of mediocre. Not terrible, just not near as good as the Phoenix Project.

The DevOps handbook is really kind of repetitive. Pretty much, it boils down to having an easily reproducible testing environment and continuous code deployment. By nature, this is kind of generic, and I would have gotten about as much out of it as I would have from a magazine article, only in a lot less time. Throw in a few magazine articles on error logging, security and graphing, and you would know about as much and save a lot of time.

The best thing about the book was the case studies. And while I do like those, even the ones in this book didn't captivate me like some of the case studies in other books.

I also liked the discussions on being on call and waking people up at 2 in the morning for things that aren't really actionable for them anyway. That, and no matter how many times I hear them talk about deploying code during normal business hours instead of working all night, I get a little misty eyed every. single. time.

So, again, just kind of middle of the road for me. And by the way, Beyond the Phoenix Project isn't even a real book, and was probably the worst of the bunch.





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  • Faith
  • 09-04-22

A must read

I read the first edition later than I should have but didn’t understand the direction we were heading then so when I did read it some info was dated. This edition is a MUST read and updated with and can help solve many of our issues.

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  • Scott
  • 28-02-22

A bit long, but great info

Some, or more accurately too much, of this book is spent on background and basics, but that isn’t a terrible thing. This classic provides a great overview of DevOPS and many case studies. The book is a must if you don’t already have a modern DevOPS pipeline and processes.

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  • Ben Woods
  • 03-01-22

A worthy update on the original

Gene Kim , Jez Humble , Patrick Debois , John Willis and Nicole Forsgren make a brilliant writing team and have successfully updated and managed to 'improve' upon the original 2018 version of the DevOps Handbook to include important recent developments such as Covid and the resulting remote-working paradigm. Ron Butler does a great job reading and makes 'easy listening' of some relatively complex subjects. Highly recommend if you work in the tech sector.