How to position the Phoenix Project simulation?

Many partners have difficulty knowing how and when to position the phoenix project simulation. Many ask ‘should I do the game before or after fundamentals/foundation level’….or ‘is it better as an open or in-house training’.

Partner account managers often ask us. ‘How to position the Phoenix Project simulation? And who is the target sponsor for a simulation? Who do we need to sell it to’?

Here are some tips about positioning and some blogs that we often send to decision makers to help them decide, or for stakeholders to send through to their decision makers.

This list gives an overview of ‘symptoms/signals’ and who to position the simulation to.

  • Senior IT director (CIO, Infrastructure Director, Applications Director) is familiar with Phoenix Project book, wants to create awareness for DevOps. To play with other senior managers or second level to create awareness and build commitment.

  • Organization is using Agile but senior managers (CIO, head of development, Product managers, Line of business directors) are frustrated with Ops as a barrier. Want to explore with Ops stakeholders what DevOps is and how it is not a threat to operations. The Ops organization (IT Infrastructure manager) is worried about ‘DevOps’ and Agile. What will DevOps mean to Ops? How can Ops get involved?

  • The Organization has decided to adopt DevOps and has a champion (DevOps program manager, Applications director, Transformation manager) wanting to create more buy-in and commitment.

  • The organization has decided to start some PILOT DEVOPS teams for specific Lines of business or business product owners. The simulation can be used with the end-to-end value stream of players to help create effective collaboration and communication and develop team skills and concrete team improvement actions.

  • The Organization wants to start rolling out more DevOps teams after a PILOT (Specific Agile teams, Product owners may be responsible for creating and skilling up teams, or a Chapter lead) has started with DevOps and wants to create DevOps teams. The simulation can be used as a team kick-off. To realize effective collaboration and communication between team members and capture concrete improvement actions. (Dutch language)

  • Agile or Scrum coaches have been asked to transform Agile teams and add more ops people into the stand ups to create more Agile awareness. There is a need to develop more team skills.

  • There is a DevOps focus on buying toolsets for Continuous deployment. Too little focus on people, culture and collaboration. There is a need to create awareness for the importance of culture and how to deal with this.

  • Organizations wants to create DevOps teams but managers are worried. What will it mean for them? What sort of Leadership is required?
  • The organization has started sending people on DevOps training (e.g DASA Master, DOI foundation, DASA fundamentals)  How to translate the theory into practice, and how to create more buy-in from those not attending the training?
  • Organizations wants to do DASA competence assessment (individuals and teams), play the game with teams and have them do an assessment as part of the game.
  • There is a need for overall awareness about what DevOps is, what it means for teams and organization in terms of behaviors, collaborations etc. This sim can be used to get shared understanding. Employees have followed a DevOps foundation or fundamentals and want to understand what this theory really means.