Book Review: The Unicorn Project by Gene Kim

This is written as somewhat as a “companion” book to Gene Kim’s original book, “The Phoenix Project” (with additional authors Kevin Behr & George Spafford). That isn’t saying that you have to read that book before this one- but it will definitely help to understand the nature of the book. I have already read The Phoenix Project, so if you haven’t- suggest doing that first!

The style of this book is like nothing I have ever read before- it’s based on a fiction company & this provides the context for the “learning” to take place. This doesn’t happen by accident, and is a brilliantly woven piece of fiction that provides the reader with easy to digest information.

Hopefully you work in a company that accepts new ideas- by the end of this book, you will be full of them. Even with companies that are well run- will still get value from this book. I do suggest that you will want to read it twice- first time will be learning the characters, seeing how this did various tasks- what improvements they made. Second time- making notes of the various tooling changes that they made that you could see that would give value to the business you run/work for.

Highly recommended- and almost as good as the original book. The only negative is the book is rather 100% perfect- which real life and companies are certainly not- though there are some characters in the book that do try and rock the boat just like any normal business. It would be nice to see what their actual motives are for this… maybe there will be a third book…

10/10 Will be reading again.

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