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You saw the Ops side in The Phoenix Project. Now take a look at the Dev side.
The Five Ideals
While The Phoenix Project brought you the Three Ways of DevOps, The Unicorn Project reveals the Five Ideals: The First Ideal of Locality and Simplicity; The Second Ideal of Focus, Flow, and Joy; The Third Ideal of Improvement of Daily Work; The Fourth Ideal of Psychological Safety; and the Fifth Ideal of Focus on the Customer.
About the author...
Gene Kim is a multi-award winning CTO, researcher, and author. He is the founder of Tripwire and served as CTO for thirteen years. His books include The Phoenix Project, The Unicorn Project, The DevOps Handbook, Beyond the Phoenix Project, Accelerate, The Visible Ops Handbook, and Visible Ops Security. He is also the founder of IT Revolution and the DevOps Enterprise Summits held in London and Las Vegas.
Gene is a huge fan of IT operations and how it can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and increasing the rigor around IT operational processes. In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People to Watch Under the Age of 40” list, and he was named a Computer Science Outstanding Alumnus by Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.
IT Revolution: Leading the Charge to the Next Revolution in IT
IT Revolution publishes books that exemplify the most current best practices for IT organizations in the enterprise. Our goal is to elevate the state of technology work, quantify the economic and human costs associated with suboptimal IT performance, and improve the lives of IT professionals around the world.
Our authors include top industry thought-leaders who, through elevated discourse, inspire positive change for IT practitioners. Founded in 2013 by Gene Kim, IT Revolution serves the DevOps community by publishing numerous books and other publications, producing the DevOps Enterprise Summits in London and San Francisco, and supporting qualitative and quantitative research projects with various partners.
“What are developers' two typical experiences? Frustration, fatigue, anxiety, and aggravation when nothing comes together like it should and projects run late, over budget, and under promise. The Unicorn Project gives an empathetic over-the-shoulder look at how a peer can escape these too familiar circumstances, and Gene Kim does a masterful job of showing how a dynamic, discovery-oriented approach to technology transformation can combine the efforts of many to create lasting business advantages for all.” -- Dr. Steven Spear, author of The High-Velocity Edge, Sr. Lecturer at MIT, and principal of HVE LLC.
“The Unicorn Project is amazing, and I loved it 100 times more than The Phoenix Project….It made me remember every step we've gone through at adidas in the last 4 years.” -- Fernando Cornago, Senior Director Platform Engineering, adidas
“As important as The Phoenix Project was for managing organizational change, The Unicorn Project is for the vast majority of us who actually solve problems. This book provides a vision for software engineers for generations to come.” -- Dr. Tom Longstaff, Chief Technology Officer, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
“A bona fide digital transformation, one that makes a worthy difference in customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and cash flow, is a hard-fought victory through a gauntlet of agonizing battles. Wins, losses, and the unexpected are inevitable, and true grit―a combination of passion, courage, and perseverance―is required. The Unicorn Project is the organizational civil-war novel that every technology and business trailblazer must read.” -- Christopher O'Malley, President and CEO, Compuware
“In The Phoenix Project, Gene Kim clarified the what and why of DevOps. Now his latest book, The Unicorn Project, clarifies the what and why of digital transformation. Being great at DevOps without focusing on the customer means that you can be excellent at something that doesn't matter.” -- Jeffrey Snover, Technical Fellow, Microsoft
“The Unicorn Project is an inspired followup to The Phoenix Project, telling the same events from the perspective of technical contributors and digging much more deeply into key questions of team dynamics, leadership, automation, and misguided governance. Readers working in real-world IT or digital organizations will again find themselves nodding and grimacing in recognition that as an industry we have a long way to go; fortunately, Gene is continuing to light the way.” -- Charles Betz, Principal Analyst and Global DevOps Lead, Forrester Research
“The Unicorn Project takes you on a fun and imaginative journey into some of the most difficult IT and business challenges we face today. The project may be mythical, but the lessons and ideals encountered will provide real help to any leader seeking to unleash powerful potential within their organization. This should be required reading for any student, IT professional, or business leader who is serious about tackling data-driven digital disruption, customer focus, and workforce empowerment to deliver business value faster, better, safer, and happier.” -- Jason Cox, Director of Platform Engineering & SRE
“If you read The Phoenix Project and wondered if the author had been following you around at work, then The Unicorn Project is going to give you a sense of deja vu.” -- Erica Morrison, Executive Director of Software Engineering, CSG
“What I loved about The Phoenix Project is that it made me feel not alone. Reading that story, I closely identified with the experiences the characters were having in the software development process. In The Unicorn Project, he's written another cure for the forsaken tech managerial nerd. And this time he's extended to another whole group in the world of technology―those who deal with data, analytics, reports, and predictive models. Anyone working with software or data analytics will feel a kinship to the characters and the problems the teams encounter in The Unicorn Project, and will cheer them on as they apply the Dev and DataOps best practices to succeed. It's scary how close the characters, dialog, and situations are to what we daily experience. Is Gene listening in to our beer-soaked after-work conversations? I wonder…” -- Christopher Bergh, CEO & Head Chef, DataKitchen --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher and author, and has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written six books, including The Unicorn Project (2019), The Phoenix Project (2013), The DevOps Handbook (2016), the Shingo Publication Award winning Accelerate (2018), and The Visible Ops Handbook (2004-2006) series. Since 2014, he has been the founder and organizer of the DevOps Enterprise Summit, studying the technology transformations of large, complex organizations.
In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People to Watch Under the Age of 40” list, and he was named a Computer Science Outstanding Alumnus by Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.
He lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and family.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- Publisher : IT Revolution Press (November 26, 2019)
- Publication Date : November 26, 2019
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Taking another metaphor to explain what is the problem. The whole story is written in a way that is similar to the Star Trek Enterprise service shaft engineers trying to figure out why the tea created by the replicators is 45.5 degree instead of 45 degree, while the ship is about to blow up and Bridge is busy trying to solve that problem. Hell, we even don’t know about the fact that the company is threaten being out from business.
Our engineers in the service shaft knows every technology, every answer to any question, so they don’t need to go through struggles to figure out answers or for the matter of fact learn anything new. They already know it. All of them.
The only storyline in the book is always rosy. Sometimes it’s a bit dark colored, sometimes more of a vivid pink, but it is always pink.
Luckily, The Phoenix Project book was published first, reading this I would have never considered reading The Phoenix Project.
The Five Ideals that carry the book through are sound and very practical and I found The Unicorn Project to be a worthy successor to The Phoenix Project. I found myself reflecting my own approaches in my daily work to the ideals, which is always a good sign that there is actual value behind them.
Some of the technology and functional programming highlights were a bit too much, as they distracted my reading from the story and broke flow in my reading. I just glossed those over further in the book.
- Good story. I did find Maxine's story engaging and relatable. We've all been in a bureaucratic nightmare, and it's almost always of our own creation.
- The 5 points / maxims are great discussion points with organizations. I don't see them as limited to only developers; anyone who works in an office environment can read and get those, and we all feel the pain when we don't flow.
- The biggest miss was burying the content too deeply in the story. The 5 points / maxims were referred to quite a few times, but not in a complete and structured way. I would have loved to see something at the end of chapters to call them out and reinforce where they were used in that chapter. Further - there were a couple other interesting topics buried in the book - Horizon 1, 2, and 3 - that were discussed but never fully explained other than a description. I was very interested in this and definitely wanted to know more.
- At times it was very deep in the weeds about specific technical issues. For the narrative, it worked, but it seemed to hide the overall concept.
- Erik referring to everyone as Sensei XXX was annoying to me. Minor thing but ugh.
Top reviews from other countries
Only gripe is it seems there's a lot packed into each chapter and it sometimes comes across as a menu of yet another term to look up and read about - from functional programming to chaos engineering!