Reading The Unicorn Project was like a real-life adventure into the world of complex IT systems and into the all so common, but hard to solve problems that are encountered in these environments. I had to remind myself that this is fiction in the end, as most of the situations that the teams went through resonated with my history in software development.
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.