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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

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