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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

I Got DevOps Certified

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 @ 15:03 PM

Last week, there was a pleasant change in my day as I had an opportunity to participate in a Ranger4 Public Schedule DevOps Foundation Course along with a bunch of customers and one of our new trainers from Portugal.

I don't have an IT background but just over three months ago I joined Ranger4 and have responsibility for marketing, so it's my job to communicate everything that's good, bad and sometimes a bit ugly about DevOps to the world - so I'm on a steep learning curve and loving it! My understanding of DevOps so far has developed from reading, following DevOps related news and watching DevOps related videos. What I really wanted to do is to sit in a room with IT developers and operations professionals, and get an understand of what their view on DevOps is, the kind of daily problems they face and how DevOps could provide them the solutions they are looking for. So I relished this opportunity to attend some real-life training!

In short, DevOps is a cultural and professional movement that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and operations departments. Its core values are Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement and Sharing (CALMS).

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Topics: DFC, DevOps, culture, Lean, Agile, DevOps Mastery, DevOps Foundation Course

How To Make Cultural Improvements in IT

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 13:03 PM

Last week's webcast "How To Make Cultural Improvements in IT" was an important one, solely for the fact that DevOps is what drives cultural change. Everything DevOps stands for is based around culture, and enabling a happier, more efficient working environment. 'Cultural Improvements' is everything between the knowledge and technical components required for the job. You already know how to get the job 'done' - the term culture refers to how you get the job done, how you feel, and the overall environment you work in to get from A to B. 

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Topics: DevOps, culture