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The Unicorn Project is the system administration, recovery, business production and workplace behaviour guide which shares the useful techniques to execute large and complex projects on time. Gene Kim is the author of this fabulous book. Billions of dollars wasted every year in the development phase when projects are tested by the testers. Sometimes the project runs out of time and out of budget from both stakeholders and the developers. What are the common mistakes that companies made while working on big projects Did these companies lack resources, hire an unprofessional team, not having enough time or any other reason
Gene Kim shares the five ideals that offer the solution to all the challenges which managers face in the development phase from start to delivery of the project. The first ideal is Locality and Simplicity. Find out the best team inside and outside the organization that can handle the project. Keeps the things simple as much as you can and assign the task according to their expertise. The second idea is joy, focus, and flow. Never interrupts your team when they are already working on the project and give them full confidence to finish the project. The third ideal is an enhancement in daily work and tests your level. The fourth ideal is about psychological safety and the fifth is to focus on the customer.
Peter High: You have recently written a book called The Unicorn Project, which is the much-anticipated follow-up to your widely read book, The Phoenix Project. Not unlike The Phoenix Project, it is told as a novel. Could you talk about the genesis story of the Unicorn Project
Gene Kim: I have learned so much since The Phoenix Project came out in 2013. One of the mechanisms of which I learned so much about this community is through the DevOps Enterprise Summit. We used to joke that this conference was for horses by the horses, no unicorns allowed. This meant large and complex organizations that have been around for decades or centuries. It was amazing to see these incredible stories of transformational leaders courageously taking on these powerful orthodoxies and ways of working who often did not have much interest in changing the way that worked. It worked for 20 to 30 good years, so why change now The Unicorn Project is inspired by and dedicated to the community of these organizations that are dramatically changing the way they work. This can include the 15,000 engineers of Capital One or the thousands of engineers at Target, Nike, Adidas, and BMW. In fact, BMW said that its journey is the largest change at how it has done business in 20 years, and it is all about technology.
Kim: When I step back and look at the 300 case studies that have been given through the DevOps Enterprise Summit experience, if there is one word to describe it, it is one of rebellion. It consists of courageous leaders who knew what was needed by the organizations to survive and to win in the marketplace. The next words that come to mind are a combination of political savviness, guile, and courage. That is why I [make comparisons with] Hogan's Heroes or The A Team. The reason why the movie Brazil comes to mind is that the number one fugitive in the movie Brazil is a rogue air conditioner repairman who breaks into people's apartments and fixes their air conditioning because central services will not do it for them. In my mind, that is what these rebellions are doing. They see the mission that needs to be achieved, and project management organizations, the silos, the security people, and the architecture committees do not want to fix the people's air conditioning. Because of this, it is up to our heroes in the rebellion to do that. As a writer, it is always helpful to use instruments such as this to make sure that the main script stays on track.
It has been widely studied that as humans, our brains are wired to hear stories. For whatever fluke of evolution, stories are the most powerful way to create and activate the mirror neurons in someone else. Some of the most widely read business books tend to generally fit the style. For example, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni certainly fits that format. When I read this book, I was in an airplane, and it was so nerve racking that I had to put it down a few times. It is not about you, but it is about another screwed up company. It seemed to be an extremely disarming way to talk about problems. I love these stories about organizations having book clubs, studying the book, having unflinching conversations about what parts are relevant and what parts are not, and talking about if you can have an adult discussion about what can be done about it.
In The Phoenix Project, we have the notion of the bus factor, which means how many people need to be hit by a bus before the project, service, or company is in grave danger If the character Brent got hit by a bus, no outages could be solved, and no work could get done.
Kim: When I got a tour of the Toyota San Antonio plant, it is similar to an army in many ways. What that brought to mind was a militaristic machine and how you keep them all trained and fed. It is interesting to me that there is a different way of working that is showing up, and the military is not immune to that. One of my favorite books is Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal and his two co-authors. This is a story of how in 2004, the Joint Special Forces Task Force was battling a far smaller but nimbler army in Iraq. As a result, they were constantly losing, and they could not protect the safety of the citizens they were chartered to protect. What General McChrystal questions is how do you change your organization so that you can push decision-making down to the lowest possible level so they are being made by the people doing the work Often, that is an enlisted person. These are not the generals, but they are the people on the ground. The Joint Special Forces had the most elite units including the Navy SEALs, The Green Berets, and The Army Rangers. What they all had in common was that they were the best. The team was a boundary of which everyone else sucked, so the inter-service rivalry between the teams was a significant friction point. You additionally had the intelligence agencies, which were one tier lower than them.
McChrystal describes all the actions they took to do rotations between service units and intelligence agencies to share best practices and to see how the other organizations worked. This is happening frequently in the commercial world. I believe that the days of Taylorism, project management, and people treating people as fungible and replaceable resources of which we can always bid out to the lowest bidder is coming to an end. Team of Teams, agile teams, and DevOps are all showing that we need cross-functional teams that can be fully empowered to achieve the mission. Leadership's job is not to define the goal, break up all the work, and then assign it to a unit. Instead, it is to guide, enable, and to remove obstacles.
Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill's entire department will be outsourced.
A customer focus starts with a focus on activities that a core to the business. IT in general has a ton of work that is seen as necessary to get to the real work. That work should be aggressively removed.
The Unicorn Project really brings to life the challenges, dysfunction, excitement, and possibilities in a critical technology-development project. Yes, there a few over-simplifications. When did you last come across a major enterprise-technology project with not only a manual build process but also no documentation of that process whatsoever And while I always love a good IT cost-management subplot, the book makes it sound a lot simpler than it actually is.
\"Every company going through a digital transformation needs to make this a must-read for all leaders. Not only will they recognize and empathize with the struggles of Maxine and team, they will also find insights for success with the Five Ideals. This book gives a roadmap to the type of rebellion every organization wishes for.\" -- Courtney Kissler, CTO, Zulily \"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 \"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 wer 59ce067264