The Phoenix Project Game


Doing devops successfully requires a cultural shift and a change in behaviours. Widely recognised as the hardest devops principle to embrace, a first step towards making cultural change is to understand current state. This simulation, based on the seminal novel about devops, The Phoenix Project, shines a light on the behaviours needed to collaborate effectively and deliver in a fast and frictionless manner.

About the Game

Parts Unlimited is in trouble. Newspaper reports reveal the poor financial performance of the organization. The only way forward to not only save the company but to make it competitive and profitable is “The Phoenix Project” which represents an IT enabled business transformation, with Retail Operations as the business owner of this project. The VP of IT Operations is asked to take the lead of the IT department and ensure that “The Phoenix Project” will be a success. But the VP of IT Operations is facing a tremendous amount of work. There are huge backlogs of issues, features and projects.

Your team will act in different roles within the Parts Unlimited organization. You can be Retail Operations, Human Resources or Finance – playing the business roles of the company. Or you can be the VP of IT Operations or other members from his IT Team that need to develop the applications and solve the IT Issues.

Your Challenge

Use the devops principles and apply them in this serious business simulation. In three rounds you will work on the IT projects and IT issues and ensure that “The Phoenix Project” will be finished on time. But, beware, the business keeps coming with new ideas and demands and external developments outside your control can also throw a spanner in the works.


The simulation will be customized towards your own specific needs and learning objectives. But in general the main objectives are to discover how to:

  • Apply devops principles in a real life situation
  • Find the right balance between delivering your SLA requirements and your IT projects according to plan
  • Experience how devops can bring serious value to your business
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your IT Department
  • Create better flow in your teams
  • Develop people’s skills to act in a devops environment
  • Show business their responsibilities in making IT Projects more successful

Download The Phoenix Project Game Brochure