Q&A: Gene Kim Explains the Joy of DevOps


Devops is one of those volatile topics that mixes human behavior patterns with technology, often yielding dramatic increases in productive output — that is, more high-quality software at a much faster pace. It’s a fascinating area. But is devops fascinating enough for a novel?

Gene Kim guessed that it was. His book, “The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win,” written with Kevin Behr, actually became a best-seller…  Before his novel, Kim was best known as the founder and CTO of Tripwire, a creator of security and compliance automation software that was sold to Belden early last year. Over the past five years, he’s built himself into one of the industry’s foremost experts on devops, working with Jez Humble, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, and the team at Puppet Labs to produce the annual, influential State of DevOps Report.

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