The Ultimate Experimenter: An Interview with Phoenix Project Co-Author Kevin Behr
by Isabelle Groc

Isabelle Groc, June 11, 2013

Kevin Behr is obsessed with making improvements. In the last 25 years, he has helped many IT organizations do business better. He is the co-author with Gene Kim and George Spafford of the influential Visible Ops Handbook and more recently The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping your Business Win.

Behr’s life mantra of doing things better goes well beyond IT. This active mind is now turning to science for ways to help businesses improve through constant experimentation. Behr hopes to take his work to the next level at the University of South Florida, starting a doctorate on the taxonomy of improvement science. An experimenter at heart, he talks about what it means for DevOps leads to experiment in their organizations, and how PaaS helps those same DevOps leads develop critical thinking skills.

Read the full interview in the Innovation Insights section of Wired.

This blog is the second in the Stackato DevOps Innovator Series. Read the first interview with Mozilla’s Chris Turra here.

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Isabelle joined ActiveState as a Technical Editor after several years as a freelance journalist, editor, and photographer, and has contributed to a variety of media outlets including PC Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Discover, Canadian Wildlife, Georgia Straight, and Scientific American.