The Phoenix Project is now a cliché it’s been recommended so much but I’ll recommend it anyway. Even for all it’s faults; the story is obvious and too linear, the characters one dimensional, and (like all fiction) it’s over simplified but…
It’s the only book that I know that describes what a day at the office feels like in IT departments across the world. It’s a strange fact that fiction contains a constant stream of titles about detectives, policemen, poets, TV presenters, CIA operatives but little that looks like the day to day work of millions of people.
As an industry, how are we to attract, train and develop the people that will make a difference when we’re unable to tell a coherent story about what we do, or even what it looks like?
I believe that The Phoenix Project is an important first step but just as importantly I’m looking for the awful follow up, the buggy video game and tedious movie while we work out how to tell the story.