Have you noticed that as well?
Companies are demanding increasingly shorter cycle times for new applications. Traditional business departments are considered as a barrier in this context. The DevOps approach is a growing movement in response to this demand. This requires significant change in our way of thinking, new business models and a completely new culture – not only in terms of development, but also implementation and day-to-day application. Today, instead of different parties suspecting or blaming one another, the solution lies in working together. Implementing this model presents a major challenge for many businesses.
Why is this the case?
Understanding DevOps is not complicated. However, it is causing a paradigm shift in traditional ways of working.
DevOps is often seen as a technical solution, with automatic coding, roll-out and testing.
DevOps is not a collection of best practices or a particular method – it's much more an approach, a philosophy based on principles.
"The Phoenix Project" simulation:
This simulation exercise is based on the book, The Phoenix Project. Parts Unlimited is a company in difficulties. Newspapers are reporting about financial problems. The only way that the company can be rescued is to find a new solution for ensuring competitiveness and profitability. This is the aim of the Phoenix Project. It includes the transformation of the company into an IT-enabled organisation. The division head of the IT business unit must take over the entire IT department and ensure the success of this fundamental project. He also faces the challenge of inheriting a considerable legacy and an enormous workload.
Your team will assume different functions in this company. The roles include retail, HR, finance, development or production, as well as a company representative.
Their mission throughout the three rounds of the exercise is to overcome all of these challenges by applying the principles of DevOps, and complete the Phoenix Project on time. As they complete their mission, they will be faced with innovative ideas, new challenges and an unstable environment.
Junior and senior project managers
Project members (specialists)
Departmental and BU heads from IT, development & production
Departmental heads of finance, HR & change management
Combining this method
This simulative workshop is particularly effective when used in connection with project management or DASA training.