The Unicorn Project

The Unicorn Project Review

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 Phoenix Project, Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, is tasked with 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 fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill's entire department will be outsourced. 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 "red shirt" developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty...and opportunity.

Title:The Unicorn Project
Edition Language:English

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    The Unicorn Project Reviews

  • Kevin

    I wanted to like this story a lot more than I did... What resonated for me with The Phoenix Project, and later The Goal, seemed to be largely missing when I read The Unicorn Project. Some of it may ha...

  • Tnu Vahtra

    I had high expectations towards this book and was not disappointed. When comparing it with Phoenix Project then I would say that there was more focus on Ops side in the first book while Unicorn projec...

  • Trevor Bramble

    Excellent, of course. Desperately needs another proofreading pass, but the content is at least as insightful and engaging as it's indispensable predecessor, The Phoenix Project....

  • Andy Nortrup

    This should be on every software engineer and product manager's professional development reading list....

  • Jack Vinson

    Note: I received an advance review copy. The book is slated to come out in November 2019.This is a business novel, continuing the story that started in the Phoenix Project about a dusty old auto parts...

  • Mandi

    (I received an early ebook edition of The Unicorn Project in exchange for a review. This review is my own opinion.)First, I will say, if you haven't read The Phoenix Project, you do not need to read i...

  • Vivek Gupta

    Gene Kim has come up with his follow up to “The Phoenix Project” - “The Unicorn Project”. IT was a great read & I can tell you that this a must read for every leader in Enterprise IT whether t...

  • Richard

    For full disclosure I received a free copy of The Unicorn Project in advance of publication in exchange for a review. The content of the review are still my own independent thoughts.The Unicorn Projec...

  • Jason Hibbets

    Five stars, two thumbs up, and git commit. I breezed through reading Gene Kim’s “The Unicorn Project,” much like I couldn't put “The Phoenix Project” down. I love Kim’s writing style and t...

  • Zach

    This book is the sorta-kinda sequel to "The Pheonix Project". I loved that book, but like this one even more!This is the story of a big company under-going a revolution in their software processes. Th...