DevOps distilled: A new look at DevOps

In this series of articles, learn about DevOps and how it can: create a collaborative relationship between development and IT operations; enable high deployment rates; and increase the reliability, resilience, and security of your production environment.


Gene Kim (, Author, IT Revolution Press

Photo of Gene KimGene Kim is the founder and former CTO of Tripwire. He has written two books: The Visible Ops Handbook and The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win.

01 October 2013 (First published 22 January 2013)

In this video, Gene Kim discusses his new book, The Phoenix Project, with IBM DevOps experts, Ann Marie Fred and Michael Elder. Gene has also written this "DevOps Distilled" article series for developerWorks.

DevOps for Dummies

Today's fast-moving world makes DevOps essential for any business aspiring to be agile and lean to respond rapidly to changing customer and marketplace demands. This book helps you understand DevOps and explains how your organization can gain real business benefits from it. You'll also discover how a holistic view of DevOps that encompasses the entire software delivery life cycle—from ideation and the conception of new business capabilities to implementation in production—can bring competitive advantage in a continuous delivery world.

Download "DevOps for Dummies."

In this series of articles, Gene Kim shares his unique perspective on the history of the DevOps movement and where its heading today, with a eye toward how information security fits into the overall operations persective of DevOps.

  • In Part 1, get a history of DevOps, explore the three underpinning principles of the DevOps movement, and learn how DevOps complements existing frameworks such as Agile and ITIL.
  • Part 2 explains how making environments early in the development process will create more deterministic, predictable, and secure releases.
  • In Part 3, learn how to amplify feedback loops by bringing operations and information security into development. Encouraging collaboration and ensuring communication will help achieve your goals.
  • Part 4 explains how standardizing the work of IT Operations can increase project predictability and also describes how standardization can also increase the throughput of work.
  • In Part 5, the final article in the series, discover why DevOps is the key to unlocking tremendous economic value and why everyone needs DevOps now.



  • The Convergence of DevOps: Read how DevOps is the culmination of three amazing and significant movements.
  • The History of DevOps: Get a firsthand account of the history of DevOps.
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win: Learn how to recognize problems that happen in IT organizations, how these problems jeopardize nearly every commitment the business makes, and how DevOps techniques can fix the problems.
  • 10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr: The seminal presentation by John Allspaw and Paul Hammond about how Flickr achieved fast flow of features while maintaining world-class stability, reliability, and security. They address the benefits of this high rate of change, as well as the culture and technology needed to make it possible.
  • W. Edwards Deming: Read about Deming on Wikipedia.
  • Enterprise DevOps Blog: Read the latest on IBM's DevOps efforts.
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  • Get more information on security topics in the Security site on developerWorks.
  • At the developerWorks DevOps zone discover expert how-to articles, insightful blogs, and free trial software. Learn how to apply key principles, best practices, IBM solutions, and open source tools to achieve continuous software delivery for sustained innovation and competitive advantage.

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