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The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data Paperback – 10 January 2023

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Gene Kim is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, researcher, and multiple award-winning CTO. He has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999 and was the founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He is the author of six books, The Unicorn Project (2019), and co-author of the Shingo Publication Award winning Accelerate (2018), The DevOps Handbook (2016), and The Phoenix Project (2013). Since 2014, he has been the founder and organizer of 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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ It Revolution Press (10 January 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1942788991
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1942788997
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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.

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Safa246
2.0 out of 5 stars Should be in the fantasy section
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling noval on continously improving the value stream using the modern DevOps tech stack
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling noval on continously improving the value stream using the modern DevOps tech stack
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2021
Written in the same novel thriller style as The Phoenix Project, Gene Kim touches on every element you need to transform a slow-moving monolithic digital setup to a more modern Agile and Lean operation which allows you to validate ideas and solve problems at speed, getting ahead in the market.

I found the original Phoenix book gripping and a fun read as I've not experienced a manufacturing plant environment before, but I found the Unicorn Project more predictable as I was reading it, but I guess that's due to going through various Agile and DevOps transformations over the past few years...

...saying that, it was still a pleasure to read the heroics of Maxine, Kurt and Brent with their relentless perseverance and motivation to continually improve and learn whilst getting ideas to customers, hearing about the fruits of the impacts they were making, and the value that a dedicated and empowered team can have, through a different lens.

"A healthy software system is one that you can change at the speed you need, where people can contribute easily, without jumping through hoops."

"Because the distance from where decisions are made and where work is performed keeps growing, the quality of our outcomes diminish."

"It's been true for hundreds of years and probably thousands more: employee engagement and customer satisfaction are the only things that matter. If we do that right, and manage cash effectively, every other financial target will take care of itself." Amen!

Another fantastic book by Gene which I'd recommend for anyone experiencing significant delays in the value stream or generally interested in DevOps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A genius idea
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book, especially for those, who is losing hope!
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