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I was sceptical picking up this book - there is a lot in the DevOps world and I wasn’t sure that a book of this size could clearly cover. Boy was I wrong! Mirco does a fantastic job of boiling down into consumable portions the keys to DevOps. He covers the concepts and then dives into the practicalities of what they actually mean and what to do (especially in large development ecosystems). Brilliant.
I would recommend having some basic understanding of DevOps before picking up this book as it’s pace (especially in Audible) may not be as enjoyable
Mirco has captured in very concise form the concepts and practical steps leaders in an IT organization need to transform. Throughout the book, as he describes how to lead the transformation to a highly capable and effective IT delivery organization, Mirco describes why legacy modes of thinking and doing IT are not suited to the nature of IT work, especially in today's demanding markets and with available technologies. He provides valuable tools I've not found elsewhere, like the Continuous Delivery technology tree on pp 94-95; "First Steps for Your Organization" sidebars on how to implement practices; and diagrams of different delivery models. This book has joined my collection of essential publicationss in the DevOps space, e.g.,The DevOps Handbook The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations, Accelerate Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations, and Continuous Delivery Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Fowler))
This book is incredibly helpful for any business looking to embrace the power of DevOps. Mirco goes way beyond the technical aspects of embracing automation in software delivery, covering everything from what it takes to change behavior of employees to how to make an effective case for change (and investment) with senior leadership. By incorporating content on the ingredients such as Agile, measurement and organization culture, Mirco enables anyone to develop an effective roadmap for achieving higher quality, incrementally delivered software which delights users. I liked Mirco's approach of using his real-life experiences in consulting to puncture the right - and wrong - approaches, providing real-world examples and guidance for embracing DevOps at scale.
This is a great body of work that explains the process from beginning to end. For recent college graduates or newer leaders in the software development industry, this is a must read. Those who have been in the process for a while will find this to be a great review, or confirmation that you are heading the right way.