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

The Phoenix Project

By Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford

  • Release Date: 2013-01-15
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 229 Ratings


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 ninety 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, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again.


  • Eye opening book for anyone in IT

    By Dee Silveira
    A most read for any IT professional.
  • The Phoenix project

    Awesome book! Well written and couldn't put this down after I started.
  • Great Book!!!!

    By Markito4u
    This book does a wonderful job of aligning strategy of the business with IT...
  • Inspirational

    By @dartfred
    As a general manager of a protein further processor and lead of two software development teams, this is the best book I have ever read.
  • Fantastic Book! Easy to absorb and right on point

    By Dpaine42
    This book contains important leanings that are too often buried in the confines of a theory based business text. Thank you for encapsulating these learnings into a well written and engaging story. Erik's method of revealing theoretical principles in the context of the manufacturing plant floor is an inspiring way of making them practical. Bill's journey of learning (along with that of his team) gives the reader time to formulate their thoughts and understanding of Erik's theories before they are revealed in the story. A fantastic way to engage the reader in learning!
  • Essential Reading

    By VerneLindner
    Essential reading for anyone whose work is impacted by IT; in other words, most of us. Also, very fun read!
  • Must read!

    By HPD2
    This book is a must read for any one in IT or even just Management.