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The Phoenix Project Game at UCAS

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Wed, May 3, 2017 @ 13:05 PM

I recently had an opportunity to observe the Phoenix Project Game in action at UCAS headquarters in Cheltenham. Here's what I saw!

During the Introduction I learned:

  • A few players had heard of this thing we call DevOps and read The Phoenix Project book - neither is a pre-requisite to playing the game although it's useful to have a few in the room with awareness of the DevOps principles - that is what we are here to learn though!
  • Many of the players played their own roles in the game - some customers like to do this, some like to mix it up I have noticed. I guess playing a role that isn't your own is an opportunity to build more understanding and empathy for the challenges our colleagues face, but the advantage of playing your own is to be able to directly apply learnings to your everyday life. I don't think it's possible to switch roles during the game though - I think that would inhibit the flow of learning.

In the First Round  

At the start of the first round, the CEO (the Game Leader, in this case, Helen) sets the high level business goals for the game - there are two:

  1. Revenue target - $110,000
  2. Share price - $23.00

Teamwork was visible from the start with Application Development's and Change Management's curiosity in what other players had at their disposal. A clear hierarchy was demonstrated with Retail Operations, the CFO and Human Resources taking turns in leading group discussions. It was also good to see players discuss the round's business objectives and current live issues around VP of IT Operations & CISO tables.

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Topics: The Phoenix Project Game, DevOps, Simulation Game, Business Process Management, gamification, culture, continuous improvement, Agile, Lean, collaboration

The Phoenix Project Game at The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 13:03 PM

I recently had the opportunity to act as an observer during a Phoenix Project Game at the Headquarters of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Sandy. I've wanted to observe a Phoenix Project Game (TPP) for a while now and this was a the perfect opportunity to do so. On top of that, I got to see Sandy's beautiful surroundings.                                                                                                                       

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Topics: The Phoenix Project, The Phoenix Project Game, DevOps, Agile, continuous improvement, collaboration, culture, Simulation Game

DevOps and All the Continuouses

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

We've just launched a new survey asking How Continuous is Your DevOps? - you can check it out here (and you can win big prizes!). So it's got a pretty catchy title, huh? But what do we actually mean? Continuous Delivery and DevOps have been virtually synonymous for quite some time even though this makes us want to tear our hair out; DevOps is about so much more than a bit of automated integration and testing, although we'd be the first to agree that always having software in a releaseable state is a jolly good thing. On our DevOps Foundation Course we spend some time talking about Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment and the relationship and evolution between the three states, but there are five more Continuouses we regularly address in DevOps Transformations. Let's look at all eight a bit more closely and through a DevOps lense:

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Topics: Continuous Deployment, Continuous Integration, continuous delivery, DevOps, continuous funding, continuous testing, continuous improvement