DevOps The Phoenix Project

Inter and intra-company training

Who is the training for?

Individuals involved in IT development, IT operations or IT service management
Individuals whose role is touched by DevOps and continuous delivery, such as the following IT roles:

  • DevOps engineers
  • Product owners
  • Integration specialists
  • Operations managers
  • Incident & change managers
  • System administrators
  • Network administrators
  • Business managers
  • Automation architects
  • Enterprise architects

Level reached



1,00 day(s)

Language(s) of service



No background knowledge or skills are required, though we recommend an interest in training and education.
This simulation is a perfect option to experience DevOps theory in a life realistic environment in which you can experiment and learn.
This simulation can be done after the DevOps Fundamentals or DevOps Practitioner courses.


At the end of this simulation, you will have a better understanding of:

  • How to apply DevOps principles in a real life situation?
  • How to find the right balance between delivering your SLA requirements and your IT projects according to plan?
  • How to experience that DevOps can bring serious value to your business?
  • How to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your IT Department?
  • How to create better flow in your teams?
  • How to develop people skills to act in a DevOps environment?
  • How to show business their responsibilities in making IT Projects more successful?


Business are demanding ever shorter release cycles for new applications. Traditionally ‘Operations’ is seen as a barrier with lengthy bureaucratic controls and delays in provisioning production systems. DevOps is a growing movement for shortening development and deployment and integrating Development and Operations. However this requires a mindset shift, new behaviors and a cultural shift in both Development and Operations. Traditionally suspicious of each other, they must now work closely together. Yet many companies are struggling to adopt and deploy DevOps and how to change the culture.

This simulation game is based upon the ‘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 such as huge backlogs of issues, features and projects.Y ou can be in Retail Operations, Human Resources or Finance – playing the business roles of the company or can be the VP of IT Operations or other members from his IT team that needs to develop the applications and solve the IT issues.

During this four of rounds simulation the team will experience the DevOps approach by using the continuous learning and experimenting process. Each round the team will plan the sprint, execute the release and during retrospective we will reflect on results, think about improvements and decide what to do different in the next round.

  • Introduction of the simulation
  • First Sprint: Getting familiar with the simulation.
  • Second sprint: Learn about flow and bottlenecks
  • Third sprint: Work In Progress
  • Fourth sprint: Finalizing the Phoenix Project
  • Lessons learned and action plan

Teaching methods

Course Delivery: Classroom



Certificate, diploma


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