Accelerate DevOps with GitHub Book

Posted by Willy-Peter Schaub on Fri 16 September 2022

"Enhance software delivery performance with GitHub Issues, Projects, Actions, and Advanced Security" - Michael Kaufman

In our book Navigating DevOps through Waterfalls I not only emphasize my support for Donovan's definition of DevOps as the "Union of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to our end users", but also that products represents only 5% of the DevOps pie.

Accelerate DevOps with GitHub Book

So, when I received a copy of Michael's book "Accelerate DevOps with GitHub" to review, I was skeptical. Why bother with another technical product-based book, which would be out-of-date by the time I get to the end?

I could not have been more wrong!

Although the book is based on GitHub (product 5%), it shares experience and information that applies to the other core pieces of the DevOps pie - process (15%), and people (80%) in these six parts:

  • Lean Management and Collaboration
  • Engineering DevOps Practices
  • Release with Confidence
  • Software Architecture
  • Lean Product Management
  • GitHub for your Enterprise

The book has become one of my invaluable references for topics such as Metrics that matter, OKRs (objectives, key, results), YAML basics, Feature Flags, Trunk-based Development, working with Git, Code Security, Testing, and much more. What caught my eye throughout the book is Michael's focus on keeping it simple - love it!

Meet the author - Michael Kaufman

We are pleased to announce that Michael will join us at our DevOps Vancouver BC Canada Meetup at the end of November to talk about his book. For him it will be 4AM in the morning, demonstrating his passion for DevOps and commitment to share his knowledge.

Here is an outline of his meetup session:

Accelerate DevOps – What I learned writing a book about GitHub

When I was asked to write a book about GitHub, I first came up with an outline that had an introduction to DevOps with nearly 200 pages and then covered all GitHub Features in a logical order. “Nobody wants to read a 200-page introduction” was the phrase of my editor that made me completely rethink what I wanted to write about and how I should structure it.

In this session I want to share with you my learnings and explain why I chose the new structure for my book. I will explain how you can see the book as a practical step-by-step guide to a data-driven DevOps transformation.


Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufmann believes that developers and engineers can be happy and productive at work. He loves DevOps, GitHub, Azure, and modern work.

Microsoft has awarded him with the title Microsoft Regional Director (RD) and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – the latter in the category DevOps and GitHub.

Michael is also the founder and CEO of Xpirit Germany. Xpirit is a Microsoft Consulting firm that helps its customers become digital leaders by building Engineering Cultures and supporting them in their Cloud & DevOps transformation Xpirit is part of Xebia, a full-service digital consulting company working on a worldwide ambition.

Michael shares his knowledge in books, trainings, and as a frequent speaker at international conferences.

Bookmark DevOps Vancouver BC Canada Meetup and keep an eye for the official event announcement. I will come back and update this post as soon as we have a published link to the event.

Find book here: - Amazon Canada - Amazon US