Great DevOps books to read
As if anyone reads books any more. I'm drowning in great books to read while the Internet gives me endless distractions. My attention span is shot to hell, and my memory has been replaced by Google.
But sometimes I find a few minutes and here are some of my favourites for understanding this beast called DevOps. [Updated 13/8/2016]
(If your reading skills have atrophied, see my list of great blog posts)
- The Phoenix Project, Kim, Behr, Spafford Amazon
A novel which tells the story of a reluctant CIO rescuing an IT department from disaster. An accessible way to understand all the key concepts.
My review of it here
- DevOps Handbook, Kim, Debois, Willis, Humble, Allspaw Amazon
The definitive description of DevOps.
- Lean Enterprise, Humble, Molesky, O’Reilly Amazon
A great discussion of the organisational culture and behaviours. A bit too unicorn at times (startups) but covers real enterprises too.
- Leading the Transformation, Gruver, Mouser Amazon
Excellent practical advice on DevOps at large scale in a legacy org, from someone who has done a transformation
- The Art of Business Value, Schwartz Amazon
Nails the issue of defining business value
- Run, Grow, Transform, Bell Amazon
An excellent model for the journey of the transformation
- Continuous Delivery,Humble, Farley Amazon
The definitive description of the behaviours, processes and automation of DevOps' core practice: continuously delivering code ready to deploy. (I haven't read this one: only a tech could love it. But I give it to my clients!)
I've restricted myself to books on or near the topic of DevOps. What are some of your favourites?
DevOps Café podcast
Arrested DevOps podcast
The Ship Show podcast
DOES conference videos
In response to popular demand, here is my pick of the seminal books that underpin DevOps:
- Reinventing Organizations, Laloux Amazon
Don't miss the Foreword by Ken Wilber
- Out of the Crisis, J.Edwards Deming Amazon
- The New Economics, J.Edwards Deming Amazon
- Toyota Kata, Rother Amazon
- The Goal, Eli Goldratt Amazon
- Product Development Flow, Reinertsen Amazon
- Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman Amazon
- Cynefin framework, Dave Snowden
A website not a book, but deserves mention: http://cognitive-edge.com/
- How Complex Systems Fail, Dr Richard Cook
Not a book, but a brief PDF
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni Amazon
- The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge Amazon
- The Field Guide to Understanding 'Human Error' , Sidney Dekker Amazon
- The Systems Bible, Gall Amazon
- Start With Why, Simon Sinek Amazon
- Lean IT, Bell and Orzen Amazon
- Agile Software Development, Cockburn Amazon
- Antifragile, Nic Taleb Amazon
I have to say Taleb is unreadable. I never recommend him. Pompous and opaque.
Jez Humble' s blog on Antifragile is enough for most DevOps practitioners.
- First Break All the Rules, Buckingham Amazon
I wish I had read this before I managed people.
- Joy, Inc., Richard Sheridan Amazon
This is so new age hippy dippy it made me gag but others love it.
- The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition, Dr Steven Spear Amazon
The title alone has put me off reading this so far - it screams hustler b.s. - but others point to it.
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In a comment on this blog, "Unsatisfied" launched into a tirade about how "There's nothing new in DevOps" then gave us this huge list:
- The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
- The Six Sigma Way: How to Maximize the Impact of Your Change and Improvement Efforts
- Re engineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution
- Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets
- Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
- The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected
- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
- The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
- Jack: Straight from the Gut
- My Years with General Motors
- Throughput accounting and activity-based costing: The driving factors behind each methodology.
- Goldratt, E. M. 1990. What is this thing called Theory of Constraints.
- Goldratt, E. M. 1990. The Haystack Syndrome: Sifting Information Out of the Data Ocean
- Goldratt, E. M. 1992. From Cost world to throughput world. Advances In Management Accounting
- Goldratt, E. M., E. Schragenheim and C. A. Ptak. 2000. Necessary But Not Sufficient.
- Constraint-based profitability analysis: Stepping beyond the Theory of Constraints.
- Using drum-buffer-rope scheduling rather than just-in-time production.
- Theory of constraints versus traditional management accounting.
- Cost-volume-profit analysis and the theory of constraints.
- Comparing Dupont's ROI with Goldratt's ROI.
- Comparing Traditional Costing, ABC, JIT, and TOC.
- Drum-Buffer-Rope System.
- Global measurements of the theory of constraints.
- Goldratt's dice game or match bowl experiment.
- TOC problems and introduction to linear programming.
- Synchronous manufacturing: Putting the goal to work.
- An introduction to the theory of constraints.
- Measuring operational performance in a throughput world.