5 Essential Devops Books You Must Read

Date: 01/08/2023| Category: IT Governance & Service Management| Tags:

Why is DevOps still so important in 2023? How do you stay up to date with ongoing DevOps developments and what are the 5 Best DevOps books to read? In this article we discuss these questions and will provide you with an answer.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a set of practices, tools, as well as a philosophy that automate and integrate the processes between software development and IT teams. The DevOps Framework emphasises team empowerment, cross-team communication and collaboration, and technology automation. Under a DevOps model, development and operations teams are no longer “siloed.”

The term DevOps, a combination of the words development and operations, reflects the process of integrating these disciplines into one, continuous process. Sometimes, these two teams merge into a single team where the engineers work across the entire application lifecycle — from development and test to deployment and operations.

The DevOps lifecycle consists of eight phases representing the processes, capabilities, and tools needed for development

5 Best DevOps Books to Read in 2023

Are you new to DevOps and not sure where to get started? We listed 5 Best DevOps books to read for you and divided them into beginner and intermediate level.

The DevOps Handbook

Level: Beginner
Authors: Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Allspaw and John Willis

The DevOps Handbook is exactly what it says on the cover: A handbook to help IT professionals integrate development and operations approaches. This can ensure they deliver projects on time. Together with tackling the core benefits of DevOps, this book also comes with practical examples to help businesses take the leap.

The Phoenix Project

Level: Beginner
Author: Gene Kim

The Phoenix Project explains the concept of DevOps using a fictional company and fictional employees. The story revolves around Bill, a VP at Parts Unlimited, who has been assigned to fix all of the company’s problems. The company is facing various challenges and nothing works, including their payment system. Bill identifies all of these issues and implements solutions for them. The book shows that these solutions are in fact, DevOps practices. It is an excellent way to understand complex DevOps subject matters in a fun way.

The Unicorn Project

Level: Beginner
Author: Gene Kim

The Unicorn Project is a follow-up to the Phoenix Project, but this time from the point of Maxine, a developer on the original Phoenix Project team. It follows her journey to implement the essential steps of DevOps in order to streamline key processes.

Continuous Delivery

Level: Intermediate
Authors: Jez Humble and David Farley

The Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation book helps you with practical tips and strategies to overcoming obstacles and fixing problems. It focuses on the CI/CD pipeline  (combined practices of continuous integration and continuous deployment), how it can connect key functions, and what steps companies can take to address DevOps issues as they emerge.

Measure What Matters

Level: Intermediate
Author: John Doerr

Successful DevOps depends on measurement. Are you measuring the right things at the right time for the right reasons? This book offers a look at OKRs (objectives and key results) and how companies can effectively implement them for success.

Why is DevOps Important in 2023?

DevOps is an umbrella term for a set of cultural and management practices that promote collaboration between software developers and IT operations professionals. Why we need DevOps is because it is about working collaboratively from design to deployment, taking an end-to-end view of software development, from coding through testing and deployment into production systems.

Much like DevOps itself, learning about an approach is a continuous and never-ending process. Rather than a static knowledge model that offers a framework for building and deploying great software, DevOps is an iterative, dynamic environment that is constantly evolving and providing new ways for teams and enterprises to combine key processes and deliver improved outcomes.

Do you aspire to lead the cultural shift towards DevOps practices within your organisation? QRP International provides DevOps Courses. Would you like to know more? Don’t hesitate to write to us!

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