A dedication to continuous improvement is one of the core principles of DevOps. Keeping up-to-date on the latest technologies and practices in DevOps will help you build more efficient teams and maintain more reliable services. And, what better way is there to educate yourself and stay tuned into the latest DevOps news than by reading top-notch books? You may have already read some of these top DevOps books but there may also be a few in here that you haven’t yet had a chance to review.
Let’s look at three of the best DevOps books to read in 2019:
Although The Phoenix Project just turned five years old, it’s still one of the top DevOps books to read. Not only is the story fascinating and unique but it’s a detailed, end-to-end walkthrough for DevOps implementation. Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford create a fictional scenario (although very realistic to many IT operations professionals) about a company, Parts Unlimited, and an IT manager, Bill, who need to undergo a major transformation in a short period of time.
Even though the story is fake, the book offers valuable real-world insights for quickly transforming IT operations and leveraging DevOps to drive operational efficiency and business value. The Phoenix Project offers high stakes for the main character – if the transformation isn’t successful, his entire department will be outsourced. The Phoenix Project is an excellent way to digest complex DevOps subject matter in a fun, easy-to-read way.
(Side note: For a deeper analysis, you can check out our previous book review for The Phoenix Project here.)
Guide yourself step-by-step through all levels of the DevOps journey with The DevOps Handbook. Written by Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis, and Jez Humble, and a foreword from John Allspaw – all well-known authorities in the DevOps space – you’ll see how high-performing software engineering and IT teams are using DevOps to deploy reliable code thousands of times per day.
As applications and services become more complex and interconnected, coupled with increased development speed, IT failures and security breaches become more common. DevOps allows teams to not only build systems quickly and reliably – but allows teams to recover faster from disaster. The DevOps Handbook guides beginners taking on software development and IT transformation while also offering helpful tips to DevOps veterans.
The DevOps Handbook is an excellent, detailed follow-up to The Phoenix Project. While The Phoenix Project is an entertaining read about a fictional IT scenario and the implementation of DevOps, The DevOps Handbook dives a little deeper to examine the practices and lessons learned from real companies using DevOps today. In this book, you’ll see the incredible outcomes of top-notch DevOps teams at companies such as Netflix, Google and Amazon so you can drive efficiency and reliability in your own teams and systems.
Because no two teams are alike, DevOps will take many forms. The DevOps Adoption Playbook will help IT operations and software engineering teams understand the core values of DevOps and understand how they can implement them across any team. The author, Sanjeev Sharma, is the head of DevOps practices across all of IBM and the book won the DevOps 2017 Book of the Year award.
The DevOps Adoption Playbook breaks down a number of common DevOps fallacies and shows how DevOps can drive speed and reliability for both startups and large enterprises. While the specific implementation may differ for small companies vs. larger enterprises, the underlying value from DevOps adoption can’t be denied. Sanjeev’s book is a must-read for CIO’s, CTO’s, IT managers and anyone else looking to leverage DevOps at the enterprise level.
Whether your team is currently operating a large monolithic architecture or you’re already taking advantage of multi-cloud infrastructure, containerized applications and microservices, The DevOps Adoption Playbook is a top DevOps book for 2019. No matter how you’re building and maintaining your services – whether they’re on AWS, Kubernetes, Docker, on-premises or all of the above – every engineering and IT team should be leveraging DevOps to improve the speed, reliability and security of their applications and infrastructure.
While the three books above made our list for the top DevOps books for 2019, there are still a number of other great reads that barely missed out. If you’ve already finished the books listed above and find yourself craving some more great books, check out these 5 books as well:
A passion for continuous improvement is at the core of every DevOps team – no matter where or how DevOps is being used. By reading these top DevOps books, you’ll broaden your mind and you’ll find ideas that could apply to your team. Learning about the different ways in which DevOps manifests itself can help you improve the collaboration and visibility between IT teams and developers. And, with improved collaboration and transparency, your team will maintain a more reliable, agile software delivery pipeline.
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