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The Phoenix Project Game is a hugely popular experiential learning game based on the hugely popular book of the same name. Codesigned with our partner GamingWorks, many of our clients like to combine the The Phoenix Project Game with our DevOps Foundation Course - learning DevOps principles in the classroom and then putting them into practice in the game.

About the Game

The Phoenix Project Game is:

  • A business simulation
  • Card based
  • Delivered onsite
  • For 10 - 16 participants
  • A one day exercise

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 DevOps principles and apply them in this serious business simulation. In four rounds you will work on business projects and IT issues and ensure that 'The Phoenix Project' will be handed over on time. However, beware, business keeps coming up with new ideas and changing demands - external developments outside your control can also throw a spanner or few 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