Investments Unlimited: A Novel About DevOps, Security, Audit Compliance, and Thriving in the Digital Age

  • 5h 40m 33s
  • Andres Vega, Bill Bensing, Caleb Queern, Helen Beal, Jason Cox, John Rzeszotarski, John Willis, Michael Edenzon, Tapabrata Pal
  • IT Revolution Press
  • 2022

Susan Jones had been the CEO of Investments Unlimited, Inc. (IUI) for five years, a financial institution that has successfully navigated their digital transformation. She is quick on her feet and is trusted by the board. But right now—although you can't tell from her demeanor—she was panicking.

Today, IUI received notice from bank regulators concerning their unsatisfactory audit and compliance practices. If they failed to address the regulators' concerns within the year, the company could go up in smoke.

She didn't understand. How had her team let this happen? How had she let this happen?

Over the past several years, IUI had executed a digital transformation strategy following the business accelerating principles of Agile and DevOps. By any metric they had seemingly done things right. Feedback from customers was astounding and conversion rates for new accounts was growing faster than ever. But along the way IUIs manual governance process had become inundated with friction, frustration, and failure for the teams attempting to deliver value for their organizations.

Now, it's all hands on deck for a cross-functional team of executives and engineers to develop a modern automated governance process that satisfies regulators without slowing the company's ability to meet customer demands and compete in the market.

In the vein of bestselling titles The Phoenix Project and The Unicorn Project, Investments Unlimited helps organizations radically rethink how they handle audit, compliance, and security for their software systems. By introducing concepts, tools, and ideas to reimagine governance, this book catalyzes a more humane way to enable high-velocity software delivery that inspires trust and is inherently more secure.

About the Author

Helen Beal is a DevOps and Ways of Working coach, Chief Ambassador at DevOps Institute, and ambassador for the Continuous Delivery Foundation. She is the Chair of the Value Stream Management Consortium and provides strategic advisory services to DevOps industry leaders. She is also an analyst at Techstrong Research, hosts the Day-to-Day DevOps webinar series for BrightTalk and the Value Stream Evolution series on TechStrong TV. She currently lives in the UK.

Bill Bensing builds things that build things. He is a skilled leader and architect of software, people, teams, and companies. Bill is an expert at making innovation a wholly inclusive process. His love of DevOps comes from a background in logistics and operations management. Automated Governance is a topic Bill finds very interesting. He believes a lack of good governance is the single biggest issue preventing breakthrough value. Bill will tell you, “Good strategy and good governance are the grease and guide rails for success.” He lives in the Tampa Bay, FL, area.

Jason Cox is a champion of DevOps practices, promoting new technologies and better ways of working. He enjoys helping organizations deliver more value, better, faster, safer and happier. He is an inspirational speaker who loves people and delights in amplifying their abilities with technology. Jason frequently speaks at conferences, contributes to open source and writes on technical and leadership topics. He currently leads several SRE teams and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their children.

Michael Edenzon is a senior IT leader and engineer that modernizes and disrupts the technical landscape for highly regulated organizations. Michael provides technical design, decisioning, and solutioning across complex verticals and leverages continuous learning practices to drive organizational change. He is a fervent advocate for the developer experience and believes that enablement-focused automation is the key to building compliant software at scale.

Topo Pal is a thought leader, keynote speaker, evangelist in the areas of DevSecOps, Continuous Delivery, Cloud Computing, Open Source Adoption and Digital Transformation. He is a hands-on developer and Open Source contributor. Topo has been leading and contributing to industry initiatives around automated governance in DevOps practices. Topo resides in Richmond, VA, with his wife and two children.

Caleb Queern helps CIOs and CISOs reduce risk across the software development life cycle so they can innovate quickly and win in the market. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Marian, and son, Joseph.

John Rzeszotarski has led organizations with a focus on digital, payments, security, and development. His primary passion is solving complex business and IT problems through technology, fast flow, and building learning organizations. He loves coding new things and driving change in insanely regulated environments. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his family.

Andres Vega helps engineering organizations securely build large-scale, distributed software leveraging novel approaches to reduce the compliance toil associated with the area. He is recognized in the open-source community as a maintainer, contributor, and technical leader focused on the improvement of ecosystem security. Outside of his profession, he is a family guy and an avid outdoors person. You are sure to find him adventuring with his family all over the trails of the San Francisco Bay Area in his best attempt not to get mauled to death by hungry mountain lions.

John Willis is an author and Senior Director of the Global Transformation Office at Red Hat. John is considered one of the founders of the DevOps movement. He lives in Acworth, GA.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Epilogue