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Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford – The Phoenix Project

So I hadn’t really thought about adding ‘tech-books’ on Goodreads or on here, but I realised that I’m letting myself miss out on books towards my reading target of 52 books this year, so why not!

I actually read this one in July after being lent it by my colleagues in the London office when I was visiting. I was told that everyone else in the office had read it and that I should read it too, so I cracked it open on the train on the way home.

By the time I got off the train in Leeds 2 hours later, I was three quarters of the way through this book and feeling a little gutted that my train journey wasn’t longer so I could finish the whole thing!

Although this book contains so many practical tips about devops and how to run a team, it’s written as a novel so it’s really easy to read and not quite as dry as some tech books that I’ve read before. From the first page, I was sucked into Bill’s world completely, feeling each failure and setback with him.

There were so many places throughout the book where I found myself identifying with many of the characters and shaking my head because I could see that the behaviours were terrible – clearly I didn’t see that at the time!

What made me happy though was realizing that most of the terrible behaviours I identified with were from when I was at my previous company, and so many of the good things that Bill implements in this book are things that our team is now doing in my new company – and this made me smile!

I’d love to read more books like this, so if you have any recommendations let me know in the comments!

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