Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018

Free resources are plentiful when it comes to researching DevOps online (including Solutions Review’s Buyer’s Guides and best practices). These can be incredibly helpful, but sometimes, the best way to learn about the industry is through the in-depth, comprehensive detail of a great book.

Our editors have done the research for you. Having reviewed many of these books, we’ve carefully selected the top DevOps books based on ratings and the ability to add business value. Below you will find a library of books from recognized leaders, experts, and the top technology professionals in the field.

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping your Business Win

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018Now I wouldn’t have expected a novel to be the highest touted resource for learning about DevOps, but it’s the perfect medium to teach you what DevOps is all about.

“In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they’ll never view IT the same way again.”

The DevOps Handbook

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018“More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. For decades, technology leaders have struggled to balance agility, reliability, and security. The consequences of failure have never been greater―whether it’s the debacle, cardholder data breaches, or missing the boat with Big Data in the cloud.

And yet, high performers using DevOps principles, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy, and Netflix, are routinely and reliably deploying code into production hundreds, or even thousands, of times per day.

Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by showing how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.”

Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise 

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018“Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise is a quick, easy-to-read guide that helps structure improvements by providing a framework that large organizations can use to understand DevOps principles in the context of their current development processes and gain alignment across the organization for successful implementations. The book illustrates how to analyze your current development and delivery processes to ensure you gain positive momentum by implementing the DevOps practices that will have the greatest immediate impact on the productivity of your organization, with the goal of achieving continuous improvement over time.”

The DevOps Adoption Playbook: A Guide to Adopting DevOps in a Multi-Speed IT Enterprise

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018“Awarded DevOps 2017 Book of the Year, The DevOps Adoption Playbook provides practical, actionable, real-world guidance on implementing DevOps at enterprise scale. Author Sanjeev Sharma heads the DevOps practice for IBM; in this book, he provides unique guidance and insight on implementing DevOps at large organizations. Most DevOps literature is aimed at startups, but enterprises have unique needs, capabilities, limitations, and challenges; “DevOps for startups” doesn’t work at this scale, but the DevOps paradigm can revolutionize enterprise IT. Deliver high-value applications and systems with velocity and agility by adopting the necessary practices, automation tools, and organizational and cultural changes that lead to innovation through rapid experimentation. Speed is an advantage in the face of competition, but it must never come at the expense of quality; DevOps allows your organization to keep both by intersecting development, quality assurance, and operations.”

Leading the Transformation: Applying Agile and DevOps Principles at Scale 

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018“Leading the Transformation is an executive guide, providing a clear framework for improving development and delivery. Instead of the traditional Agile and DevOps approaches that focus on improving the effectiveness of teams, this book targets the coordination of work across teams in large organizations—an improvement that executives are uniquely positioned to lead.”

The DevOps 2.0 Toolkit: Automating the Continuous Deployment Pipeline with Containerized Microservices

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018“This book envelops the whole microservices development and deployment lifecycle using some of the latest and greatest practices and tools. We’ll use Docker, Kubernetes, Ansible, Ubuntu, Docker Swarm and Docker Compose, Consul, etcd, Registrator, confd, and so on. We’ll go through many practices and even more tools. Finally, while there will be a lot of theory, this is a hands-on book.” 

DevOps: 2 Manuscripts – DevOps Handbook and DevOps Adoption 

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018DevOps Handbook

“If you are a tech, developer, part of product management team or IT operator, then this book is perfect for you to increase profitability, exceed productivity goals and elevate work culture through DevOps methodology.”

DevOps Adoption

“Major high performers use DevOps, so they are able to reliably deploy their codes into production stage hundred and sometimes thousand times each day. As soon as you integrate DevOps techniques into your business, you will be able to achieve streamlined as well as rapid production. This book will be your best friend on that journey since it provides practical and real-world guidance on adopting DevOps concept at enterprise scale.” 

The DevOps Handbook: Transforming Your Organization Through Agile, Scrum, and DevOps Principles

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018“As was with the industrial automation in the 20th century and its impact on the transformation of design, development, and delivery of physical goods, organizations in today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving software market must have a paradigm shift in the way they develop and deliver their software. While the agile approaches are a huge step forward for the software delivery teams, they alone can’t ensure the accelerated rollout of new software. DevOps helps to narrow the gap that exists between development and operations to streamline the general software delivery.”

DevOps For the Modern Enterprise: Winning Practices to Transform Legacy IT Organizations

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018“Mirco Hering, a thought leader in managing IT within legacy organizations, lays out a roadmap to success for IT managers, showing them how to create the right ecosystem, how to empower people to bring their best to work every day, and how to put the right technology in the driver’s seat to propel their organization to success.

“But just having the right methods and tools will not magically transform an organization; the cultural change that is the hardest is also the most impactful. Using principles from Agile, Lean, and DevOps as well as first-hand examples from the enterprise world, Hering addresses the different challenges that legacy organizations face as they transform into modern IT departments.”

Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

Top 10 Best DevOps Books You Should Read in 2018“Through four years of groundbreaking research to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance―and what drives it―using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for readers to apply in their own organizations.”



Tyler W. Stearns

Tyler W. Stearns

Editor, DevOps & Network Monitoring at Solutions Review
Tyler is the lead editor at Solutions Review's Cloud and Network Monitoring sites. He writes to bridge the gap between consumer and technical expert to help readers understand what they're looking for. He studied English and film at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His passions outside of enterprise technology include film, screenwriting, games, swimming in rivers, mechanical keyboards, fun socks, ramen, and goats.
Tyler W. Stearns

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