The fourth excerpt from The Unicorn Project is now available, in which Maxine succumbs to what has plagued the rest of the organization, starts to suspect where a massive investment in speed is needed to achieve the goals and aspirations of the organization, brings the Data Hub technical practices into the current century…
…and meets Maggie, the brilliant and formidable mind who wants to reimagine how Parts Unlimited engages with their customers…
Here’s the link where you’ll find Excerpt #4, as well as the three previous excerpts.
Stay tuned for Excerpt #5, coming next week!
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PPS: To refresh your memory, here’s what happened in the previous episodes of The Unicorn Project!
In Excerpt #1, we meet our hero Maxine, a developer and architect with nearly unmatched skills and experience, who is blamed for a payroll outage and is exiled to the Phoenix Project for a payroll outage. There, she discovers endless tundras of technical debt and architectural coupling that prevent developers from doing even the most basic things, such as performing builds. She also meets some people you may recognize from a previous book. 🙂
In Excerpt #2, Maxine meets a mysterious group of rebels who are out to overthrow the ancient, powerful order, seeking to recreate engineering greatness within the organization. Everyone, including Maxine, is thrown into the chaos of the catastrophic Phoenix release, and in its aftermath, the organization figures out how to prevent it from happening again by paying down its technical debt.
In Excerpt #3, Maxine joins a feature team, fixes a multi-threading error, and explores a completely different set of problems in a different area of the ticketing industrial complex… and she also learns why developers can’t do their own deployments. She and the rest of the Rebellion also learn from Erik about the Third Ideal of Improvement of Daily Work and the Fourth Ideal of Psychological Safety. He describes how every tech giant has nearly been made extinct by technical debt, and argues that in manufacturing, psychological safety is just as important as physical safety.