Gene Kim – The Phoenix Project

Why did I choose to read the book?

I really liked the description of this book. It is marketed as a business novel, of which, as far as I can tell, there are but a handful available.

What is it about?

It’s a novel about the newly appointed Head of IT trying and fixing IT processes in his department. By streamlining processes, via treating IT similar to  a manufacturing line and implementing new concepts, saves the company and it’s most important project, the titular Project Phoenix.

How did I like the book?

This is not a classic business book as it does not share the same inner-monologue style, inherent of most business books I have read, but has it’s themes and concepts woven into a story (and makes it a novel I think…), which – to my surprise – is exiting and very fun to read. And I cannot express what a joyous read it was, it may even become my favourite so far. It’s content was easily accessible, incredibly smart and I found the story astoundingly exiting, almost like a good thriller. The concepts and ideas presented were great and even if these were meant to be implemented in IT context, it may just as well be used in other business contexts and departments, if only in part. The only thing I didn’t like, it referenced and in some parts spoiled a similar business novel “The Goal”, which, much to my dismay, I haven’t read yet, but at the same time bumped it up my reading list, so much so, that it will be my next read. Overall, amazing book. Hope the authors will do something similar in the future, as it will be a day one buy for me.

PRINCE2 Foundation Certification

 

Thanks to my employer DKV Euroservice, I was able to make my PRINCE2 Foundation certification. Thank you very much for the opportunity!

The certification test itself was scheduled at the end of a three day training, which included all the basics and then some, of the PRINCE2 project management methodology. The training was held by Mr. Armbruster who is a trainer and consultant at Copargo GmbH and thanks to him and his teaching materials, the test was a breeze.

Before the training, we were given two books (you always get bonus point for free books from me), to prepare for the course and the test. Those were Mr Armbruster’s very own “Grünes Gold” and Ms Friedrich’s “PRINCE2 Kurz und bündig”.

“Grünes Gold” especially was a blast to read, as it was very informative and a business novel (if you followed my blog for some time, you will know my fondness of business novels and edutainment), a very entertaining one at that. All thumbs up here, as it transported all the basics in a very well presented manner. The other book is a good summary of the PRINCE2 methodology, and great for looking up details on the fly, but nothing to write home about.

Overall, passed the exam, got my certificate, the course and materials were a blast, therefor, once again, thanks to everyone involved!!

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