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This is a business book written as a novel. In the same vein as the Phoenix Project, this book brings us up to date with Parts Unlimited a few years on. It talks about an established manufacturing company going digital. The struggles are real and reading it reminds me of so many organisations that I have worked with over the years. I couldn't put it down.
A very easy read for anyone in software development. I like following Maxines adventure. It was good to also see returns of Bill and Sarah as well as Eric. Some slightly irritating 'sensei' references to people. Ending a little rushed, but all in all a great read and one I will be recommending.
Wie können die Großkonzerne es schaffen, ihr Geschäftsmodell im Zeitalter der Disruption erfolgreich zu digitalisieren und dadurch zu retten? Wie können in einem korporativen Umfeld Innovationen entstehen und gedeihen? Diese und weitere ähnliche Fragen wirft das vorliegende, in der Form eines Romans geschriebene, Buch auf und gibt darauf durchaus kompetente Antworten. Diese bestehen sowohl aus technischen wie z.B. die Verwendung der funktionalen Programmierung, wie auch aus organisatorischen und strategischen Ratschlägen bzw. ganzen Konzepten wie den „Fünf Idealen“. Ich sah viele der vorgestellten Ideen in einigen Unternehmen in Aktion und die Zusammenarbeit mit den Teams, die sie gelebt haben, war immer hervorragend. Neben diesen positiven Aspekten, hat das Buch als Roman einige Längen und Wiederholungen sowie nicht ganz glaubwürdige Charaktere. Ich las es direkt im Anschluss an Teil 1 - „The Phoenix Projekt“, das mich mehr begeisterte.
I have been greatly inspired by the insights offered in the book and will recommend it for digital transformation enthusiasts and experts alike. It is a fictional account of how a group of rebel engineers and visionary business leaders join hands, navigate organizational inertia and overcome insurmountable odds to catapult a 100 -year old sleeping giant to the highest range of growth by harnessing culture engineering excellence, customer satisfaction and employee engagement
I liked the book, it was an easy read. The story is fun to read, even though it is kinda idealistic and everything falls into place somewhat artificially.
But it is still written in a way that you cannot put it down if you are developer or work in the IT industry, so you are able to understand all the technical aspects.
I gave four stars, because it feels sometimes a bit awkward to have senior developers talk about such fundamentals in a way that they somehow discovered a solution to a real big problem, which should be really obvious to them. I understand that this makes sense in the context of the novel, still I personally found it to be somewhat annoying.
Still a fun read, would recommend it to developers but more for entertainment than really learning about good software practices.
The unicorn project was not as fun as the Phoenix project, and read less like a novel but more like a detailed retelling of a success story. But compared to Phoenix project this was about the troops that make the business work at the lower levels and less so about management at the highest level. As such the five rules make a lot of sense when it comes to daily life of a developer.