[Book review] The Pheonix project

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


Once you can get past the title (a bit of a mouthful) it’s a cracking read aimed at anyone working in IT management. The author Gene Kim, founder of tripwire, has previously written the visible ops handbook – he knows his onions.

The book is well written and reads easy in the style of a novel – not what you typically expect. Anyone who’s worked in IT will immediately relate to all the characters in the plot, I found myself subconsciously nodding my head when reading!

The Phoenix Project, simply and clearly relates concepts around resource management, constraints, kanban and the three ways.  After reading this book, you’ll get a feel for the basic concepts of these, use cases and how they underpin devops. While each topic is deeper than the content in the book, it’s a good starting point.

After reading the book, I came away with at least some new ideas to put into practise – although I did find the book’s ending a bit hollywood. Still it’s a great read and recommended to anyone working in IT management or devops.

Hiring with a smile

Hiring great people is hard, hiring great people with great team fit is harder.  We recently ran a recruitment for a web operations engineer – it took us six months to find the right person. I think our problems boiled down to:

  • Highlighting the most important skills in the job description (we had too much “nice to have’s” in there)
  • Communicating our team culture

Most IT teams find it really hard to pre-qualify applicants on that thing called “culture”. Continue reading

How to install sitespeed.io on ubuntu 12.04

What’s sitespeed.io?


Sitespeed.io is an open source tool that helps you analyze and optimize your website speed and performance based on performance best practices. It crawls your website, analyzes the pages against performance best practices rules, and then produces a HTML traffic light grading report for your website. Continue reading