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7 Reasons to Read The IT Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery
Whether you are new to Continuous Delivery, or just need a quick refresher, The IT Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery is the perfect addition to your DevOps library. Having recently picked up the book myself, I can see how it has become an absolute essential addition in understanding the intricate world of Continuous Delivery. Below you will find a list of why The IT Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery is the perfect guide for beginners and experts alike.
1. A Quick ReadTopping off at 71 pages and 13 chapters, the Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery is a short and efficient read. Whether you’re traveling for business, or just have the afternoon off, the Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery can be read and understood within the span of just a few hours. The book’s short nature also makes it convenient for rereads and reference - which allows for a more comprehensive understanding.
2. It Breaks Down The Continuous Delivery PipelineThe Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery covers the entire Continuous Delivery pipeline in immense detail. The authors first incorporate a brief overview of the pipeline, followed by a detailed account of each section within the pipeline, and end with a simple, yet inclusive diagram.
3. A List of Dos and Don’tsThe process of Continuous Delivery varies from company to company based on company size and specific needs. Because no two firms are exactly alike, each organization adopts Continuous Delivery in a unique manner. Cognizant of this fact, the authors have provided readers with a thorough list of dos and don’ts in the hope of facilitating a successful Continuous Delivery implementation regardless of the size of your organization.
4. DevOps Glossary 101The IT Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery also includes a short list of terms and practices relevant to DevOps and Continuous Delivery. Accompanied by short and easy-to-read definitions, this compact list provides readers with a fundamental basis from which to build their DevOps vocabulary.
5. Rife with Real-World ExamplesThere is no better way to make a complex process more relatable and transparent than with real-world examples. The IT Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery starts off with an analysis of two companies: one with a traditional structure and one that incorporates Continuous Delivery methods. This initial comparison highlights the many advantages of Continuous Delivery, while simultaneously touching on basic concepts. There is also a similar, brief comparison at the start of each chapter specific to the topic covered in the section.
6. Key Learning PointsEach chapter ends with a section titled Key Learning Points. Arranged in bullet point format, this section covers each chapter’s most important concepts in a highly detailed, yet concise manner. These sections help readers to fully understand the most important concepts of Continuous Delivery while simultaneously providing them with the means to go back and review each chapter’s crucial concepts in an efficient manner.
7. It's a Comprehensive Overview of Continuous DeliveryAfter reading this book, I was able to go from getting the gist of Continuous Delivery, to fully comprehending the overall concept and various stages in between. The colloquial tone used by the authors makes the text highly accessible to any kind of reader, even those new to the Continuous Delivery. The IT Manager's Guide to Continuous Delivery covers everything you need to know when it comes to Continuous Delivery and it is a perfect segue into the industry and its practices.
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