The Phoenix Project wowed over a half million readers Now comes the Wall Street Journal Bestselling The Unicorn Project The Unicorn Project is amazing, and I loved ittimes than The Phoenix Project FERNANDO CORNAGO, Senior Director Platform Engineering, Adidas Gene Kim does a masterful job of showing how the efforts of many 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 so clever, so good, so crazy enlightening CORNELIA DAVIS, Vice President Of Technology at Pivotal Software, Inc Author of Cloud Native Patterns This highly anticipated follow up to the bestselling title The Phoenix Project takes another look at Parts Unlimited, this time from the perspective of software development In The Unicorn Project, we follow Maxine, a senior lead developer and architect, as she is exiled to the Phoenix Project, to the horror of her friends and colleagues, as punishment for contributing to a payroll outage She tries to survive in what feels like a heartless and uncaring bureaucracy and to work within a system where no one can get anything done without endless committees, paperwork, and approvals One day, she is approached by a ragtag bunch of misfits who say they want to overthrow the existing order, to liberate developers, to bring joy back to technology work, and to enable the business to win in a time of digital disruption To her surprise, she finds herself drawn ever further into this movement, eventually becoming one of the leaders of the Rebellion, which puts her in the crosshairs of some familiar and very dangerous enemies The Age of Software is here, and another mass extinction event looms this is a story about rebel developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertaintyand opportunity The Unicorn Project provides insanely useful insights on how to improve your technology business DOMINICA DEGRANDIS, author of Making Work Visible and Director of Digital Transformation at Tasktop My goal in writing The Unicorn Project was to explore and reveal the necessary but invisible structures required to make developers and all engineers productive, and reveal the devastating effects of technical debt and complexity I hope this book can create common ground for technology and business leaders to leave the past behind, and co create a better future together Gene Kim, November

10 thoughts on “The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Digital Disruption, Redshirts, and Overthrowing the Ancient Powerful Order

  1. Chris G. Chris G. says:

    A wonderfully engaging which clearly lays out the problems and solutions faced in a large organisation I loved the Phoenix project and was a little worried, this wouldn t be as good, but it s even better Everyone in IT needs to read these books

  2. Stephen Cummins Stephen Cummins says:

    Learning about DevOps while enjoying a plot and characters is not what I expected This works really well Though I felt some of the ideas at the end were a bit tacked on.

  3. Arnab Nandi Arnab Nandi says:

    Reads like a story but it s the background materials in the references that is required reading to understand the theoretical basis of some of the assertions in the books like how to turn a sleeping giant into a fast and nimble company in a year Its possible.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

  4. Zahari Zankov Zahari Zankov says:

    Can t fault the easy flow and grabbing story of this book, much like it s predecessor It s great to see the events unfold at a different level of the organization, one that sees most of the actual action Would highly recommend as a casuy read or as a source of ideas.

  5. mikeyg mikeyg says:

    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.

  6. Peter Ward Peter Ward says:

    Looks set to be as gripping as The Phoenix Project, I already feel for Maxine But gene, you should be careful with proofreading.

  7. s.phillips s.phillips says:

    Arrived on time Easy to read I also read The Phoenix Project but the author explains that you can read this independently Very useful for describing challenges at work

  8. Mr E G Shapland Mr E G Shapland says:

    Another great storyline to introduce and contextualise some really useful tenets A lot of familiar characters but no reliance on having read the Phoenix Project Amazingly fun read

  9. Steersman Steersman says:

    Wie k nnen die Gro konzerne es schaffen, ihr Gesch ftsmodell im Zeitalter der Disruption erfolgreich zu digitalisieren und dadurch zu retten Wie k nnen in einem korporativen Umfeld Innovationen entstehen und gedeihen Diese und weitere hnliche 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 Ratschl gen bzw ganzen Konzepten wie den F nf 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 L ngen und Wiederholungen sowie nicht ganz glaubw rdige Charaktere.Ich las es direkt im Anschluss an Teil 1 The Phoenix Projekt , das mich mehr begeisterte.

  10. Customer Customer says:

    So relatable I loved Maxine and enjoyed reading about some persistent characters from PP but from a different point of view This book finally made me understand what people are talking about when they drop digitalization or digital transformation in a conversation It is indeed romanced and I think you will fail a lot often than they do in the book, but it does highlight a lot of good concepts and should be a started point for a lost of discussion.