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The Phoenix Project Game: Learning Outcomes

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

It's a game, it's fun, it's playing, it's my favourite thing to do! It's not work then, is it? I mean, how can playing be serious and useful and result in a practical improvement? Here's how:

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Topics: Enterprise DevOps, DevOps Game, The Phoenix Project, Simulation Game, The Phoenix Project Game, Experiential learning

Tales from The Phoenix Project Game Taster

Posted by Helen Beal on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

On Monday this week we ran another The Phoenix Project Game Taster session in London. We did a half day session this time in order to make it easier for people to take time out of their day and had twelve attendees (perfect!) from a variety of banks, insurance companies, building societies and charities. It was in some ways a slightly nerve-wracking approach in that the danger was that we would only be able to run two of the four rounds of the game so people would leave at the point where they reach the 'slough of despond' having not played all the way through to the end where all the dots are connected and all of the loops closed. I'm pleased to report that it wasn't a disaster by any means and people understood plenty about where the game was going in order to be able to imagine what would happen next and were happy about being able to get back to their desks in the afternoon.

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Topics: DevOps Game, The Phoenix Project, The Phoenix Project Game

The Phoenix Project Game is LIVE!

Posted by Ryan Dobson on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

And we’re live! The Phoenix Project Game is a go! For those of you who are part of the DevOps movement or are looking into DevOps as a way to improve your business, The Phoenix Project (TPP) is a must read. Unlike most other IT process books, TPP is written as a novel and revolves around the protagonist and newly promoted VP of IT Operations, Bill. The company, ‘Parts Unlimited’, is at an all time low; stock has tumbled and they now trail the competition in sales growth, inventory turns and profitability. Behind closed doors however, Parts Unlimited has invested heavily in its secret weapon: “The Phoenix Project”, which has long promised to close the gap on competition by combining new, cutting edge technology with existing practices. However, not all goes to plan and the company is on the brink of disaster.

In short, Bill ends up meeting the business version of Yoda, who inevitably shows him the ways of the force, or in DevOps terms “The Three Ways”. As Bill progresses on his journey of discovery, he starts to combine the practices of Agile, Lean and ITIL, and slowly but surely, manages to save the business!

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Topics: DevOps, DevOps Game, Simulation Game, communication, collaboration, The Phoenix Project Game