Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win By Kim, Gene/ Behr, Kevin/ Spafford, George (Book – 2013 )

Who would have thought that the founder of Tripwire, Gene Kim was also a novelist? I.T. managers will find this book hilarious, as will senior sysadmins. The story is of an I.T. manager in a large company who is juggling far too many balls. He struggles through by applying the best ITIL processes. The humour comes from the battles with Development and Security groups, which are perhaps competent but cause all the system outages.

The book is filed under Non-Fiction, and that is probably appropriate. But when did you last find a page-turner in Non-Fiction?. I.T. staff will learn much from the hero’s calm, sensible approach to solving all the crises.

Management 3.0

Management 3.0 Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, Jurgen Appelo, Addison-Wesley, 2011

Why things are not that simple
Agile software development
Complex systems theory
The information-innovation system
How to energize people
Basics of self-organization
How to empower teams
Leading and ruling on purpose
How to align constraints
The craft of rulemaking
How to develop competence
Communication on structure
How to grow structure
Landscape of change
How to improve everything
All is wrong, but some is useful.

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup – How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, Eric Ries, 2011

Entrepreneurs will want to read this book. It explains the processes needed in a startup to avoid chaos and succeed. The book is recommended by several well known entrepreneurs. Hardcover, 300 pages.