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What is DevOps

  • Provides a high-level defintion of DevOps
  • Attempts to balance the needs of operations, development, and organizations
  • A foundation from which to build a better definition
  • Pros: Valiant effort with feedback from a few well know DevOps professionals
  • Cons: It only defines the principle of DevOps, it does not show how it is done
  • Quip: It's better than nothing
  • URL: What is DevOps

The Phoenix Project

Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

Beyond the Phoenix Project: The Origins and Evolution of DevOps

  • I think listening to the audio version of this book is more useful than The DevOps Handbook
  • Years of research sources and use cases are poured over
  • Gene Kim and John Willis have a wonderful banter
  • Pros: Lightweight and fun
  • Cons: I'm sad this didn't come out sooner
  • Quip: Listening to this is like throwing a sticker on a car thinking it'll go faster. Make sure you do the homework too.
  • URL: Beyond the Phoenix Project: The Origins and Evolution of DevOps

The DevOps Handbook

The Twelve-Factor App

  • De facto standard for implementing software
  • Good design principles for refactors and green field
  • Pros: Free; Up-to-date; Roadmap
  • Cons: State has to exist somewhere; lightly addressed
  • Quip: If apps only had 12 factors...

Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software

  • Developer centric cases and examples for releasing
  • First edition out of print; second edition is released! 😉
  • Technical af
  • Pros: Looks at the SDLC holistically
  • Cons: Maybe too high level
  • Quip: Release early and often unlike this book 😉
  • URL: Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software

Continuous Delivery

Site Reliability Engineering

  • A collection of essays from Google SREs about how things are done at Google
  • A fantastic reference for various functions like on-call, onboarding, delivery, etc.
  • Pros: Free; solid examples of how to do things
  • Cons: You are not Google; embrace with caution
  • Quip: Google SRE is proof setting a pile of money on fire is a viable solution to engineering problems.
  • URL: Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems

The Art of Monitoring

  • Opinionated HOWTO implementation guide to monitoring at scale
  • Incredibly thorough book
  • Pros: Explicit; Detailed
  • Cons: Opinionated; Long; Perhaps too specific
  • Quip: If a book's art worthiness is measured by weight then we have a winner (767 pages).
  • URL: The Art of Monitoring

Effective DevOps

Enterprise DevOps Playbook

  • Roadmap for building a successful DevOps org
  • Addresses hiring, culture, and learning
  • Pros: Suggests tuning in your current organization
  • Cons: Missing some pieces to the puzzle
  • Quip: Yes! Enterprise and DevOps can work together... Somehow.
  • URL: Enterprise DevOps Playbook

The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change

  • Community-produced companion to Jim Whitehurst's 2015 book, The Open Organization
  • Like SRE book, a collection of essays
  • Focus on principles and practices of culture
  • Pros: Easy to read; diverse authors; inspirational
  • Cons: Not all pieces apply to everyone
  • Quip: "Being positive is sometimes difficult to do." I wrote that? Wow. I had no idea.
  • URL: The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change

Lean Enterprise

Beyond Blame

  • Failure happens; Beyond Blame is a HOWTO in making postmortems blameless
  • Great for individual contributors, leaders, managers
  • Pros: Guides you towards blamelessness
  • Cons: Emotions are hard, this isn't a psychiatrist
  • Quip: I blame this book for your blame problems.
  • URL: Beyond Blame: Learning From Failure and Success

How Complex Systems Fail

In Search of Certainty

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

The End of Heaven: Disaster and Suffering in a Scientific Age

The Art of War

  • In DevOps you SHOULD NOT have adversaries
  • I am willing to bet that anyone worth their salt has read this though
  • Tactics from this work should be used sensibly
  • "Know thy enemy"
  • Pros: Well known work studied in business, military
  • Cons: Not an easy read; multiple differing translations
  • URL: The Art of War

"You are either building a learning organization or you will be losing to someone who is." --Andrew Clay Shafer

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