In this highly anticipated collaboration, WSJ bestselling author Gene Kim and award-winning author Dr. Steven J. Spear present a bold new way for organizing and leading an enterprise at scale in the 21st century.
In this book, Kim and Dr. Spear will show business leaders how to create the structures and dynamics necessary to unleash human creativity and potential in order to compete and win in an age being tumultuously disrupted by scientific and technological innovation, market transformations, and political and societal realignments.
Kim and Dr. Spear use compelling research, data, and studies of high-performing organizations from the last 150 years to show readers why winning organizations generate and deliver better ideas quicker, faster, and more reliably. Their research spans a breathtaking number of industries—including safely harnessing the atom, successfully sending a man to the Moon, establishing dominance in the automotive industry, dismantling terrorist networks, building the dominant tech giants, and how five COVID vaccines were successfully researched, manufactured, and delivered into people’s arms in record time.
Discover how your organization can harness the magical dynamic that high-performing organizations have used to unleash and empower everyone’s innate human creativity and intelligence to advance business and societal needs.
GENE KIM is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, researcher, and multiple award-winning CTO. He has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999 and was the founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He is the author of six books, The Unicorn Project (2019), and co-author of the Shingo Publication Award winning Accelerate (2018), The DevOps Handbook (2016), and The Phoenix Project (2013). Since 2014, he has been the founder and organizer of DevOps Enterprise Summit, studying the technology transformations of large, complex organizations.
In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People to Watch Under the Age of 40” list, and he was named a Computer Science Outstanding Alumnus by Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.
He lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and family.
DR. STEVEN J. SPEAR (DBA MS MS) is principal for HVE LLC, the award-winning author of The High-Velocity Edge and patent holder for the See to Solve Real Time Alert System. A Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School and a Senior Fellow at the Institute, Spear’s work focuses on accelerating learning dynamics within organizations so that they know better and faster what to do and how to do it. This has been informed and tested in practice in multiple “verticals” including heavy industry, high tech design, bio-pharm R&D, healthcare delivery and other social services, Army rapid equipping, and Navy readiness.
High velocity learning concepts became the basis of the Alcoa Business System—which led to 100s of millions in recurring savings, the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiatives “Perfecting Patient Care System”—credited with sharp reductions in complications like MRSA and CLABs, Pratt & Whitney’s “Engineering Standard Work”—which when piloted led to winning the engine contract for the Joint Strike Fighter, the operating system for Detroit Edison, and the Navy’s high velocity learning line of effort—an initiative led by the Chief of Naval Operations. A pilot with a pharma company cut the time for the ‘hit to lead’ phase in early stage drug discovery from twelve months to six.
The highly anticipated follow-up to The Phoenix Project. 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 uncertainty…and opportunity.
Spear describes what sets market-dominating companies apart and provides a detailed framework you can leverage to surge to the lead in your own industry. Spear examines the internal operations of dominant organizations across a wide spectrum of industries, from technology to design and from manufacturing to health care.
Gene Kim and John Willis bring an oral history of the DevOps movement, as well as discuss the pivotal figures and philosophies that DevOps draws upon, from Goldratt to Deming; from Lean to Safety Culture to Learning Organizations. This nine-part series is a great way for listeners to take an even deeper dive into topics relevant to DevOps and leading technology organizations.