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The Idealcast
with Gene Kim
Conversations with experts about the important ideas changing how organizations compete and win.
In The Idealcast, multiple award-winning CTO, researcher and bestselling author Gene Kim hosts technology and business leaders to explore the dangerous, shifting digital landscape. Listeners will hear insights and gain solutions to help their enterprises thrive in an evolving business world.
Full episode transcripts are available on the episode pages.
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Newest Episode

Admiral John Richardson, Former Chief of Naval Operations for US Navy (Plus, special guest Dr. Steve Spear)

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Ann Perry ([email protected]).

In the first episode of Season 2 of The Idealcast, Gene Kim speaks with Admiral John Richardson, who served as Chief of Naval Operations for four years, the top officer in the Navy. Before that, Admiral Richardson served as director of the US Naval Reactors, which is comprehensively responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the US Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion program.

In part one of this two-part conversation, Kim and Admiral Richardson explore how the Department of Defense and the armed services can lead the way to respond effectively to the digital disruption agenda. Admiral Richardson discusses how he operationalized creating a high velocity learning dynamic across the entire US Navy. He also presents his theories on how we need to balance compliance and creativity. And, he presents some amazing examples of how to strip away the barnacles from processes, those layers of controls and supervision that may have crept in over the decades.

Also joining the conversation is Dr. Steve Spear, who has written extensively about the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program program in his book The High-Velocity Edge.

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All Episodes
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Past Episodes

Digital Disruption and the Five Ideals

Dr. Mik Kersten's 2018 DevOps Enterprise Summit Talk with Commentary From Gene Kim

Achieving Better Outcomes Through Structure

Elisabeth Hendrickson's DevOps Enterprise Summit Presentations with Commentary from Gene Kim

The Pursuit of Perfection: Dominant Architectures, Structure, and Dynamics

Dr. Steve Spear's 2019 and 2020 DevOps Enterprise Summit Talks on Rapid, Distributed, Dynamic Learning with Commentary from Gene Kim

The Topography of Problems and the Importance of Distributed Problem Solving 

Architecture as the Organizing Logic for Components and the Means for Their Construction

Micheal Nygard's 2016 DevOps Enterprise Summit Presentation with Commentary from Gene Kim

The Surprising Implications of Architecting for Generality

The Principals and Practices behind Team of Teams

David Silverman's 2020 DevOps Enterprise Summit London - Virtual Presentation with Commentary from Gene Kim

The Principles and Practices behind Team of Teams (Part 2)

The Rise of Knowledge Work, and its Structure and Dynamics

Leadership Development and Balancing Creativity and Control (Part I)

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What People Are Saying
"Another mind-opening episode of The Idealcast... Hard to believe this content is free."
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Umberto Nicoletti
DevOps Team Lead
"Mike Nygard's interview with [Gene] and [The Idealcast] are fantastic.
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Scott Prugh
Chief Architect and SVP Software Engineering, CSG
"Loving [The] Idealcast interviews. I listened to the first one 4x, the second 2x, then this last one 2x."
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Randy Shoup
VP Engineering and Chief Architect, eBay
"I've been really enjoying The Idealcast with Gene Kim...Nicely done."
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John Calloway
Independent Consultant, Microsoft MVP
"Highly recommended for anyone interested in technology, org design & dynamics, systems thinking. Love it! Thank you [Gene Kim] for creating this!"
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Sophie Weston
Senior Platform Engineer, Anaplan
"Great conversations with experts about the important ideas changing how organizations compete and win."
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Eric Robertson
Vice President of Product Management, Onit
"Thoroughly enjoyed listening to [Gene Kim's] new podcast during my lunch time stroll."
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Daniel Bryant
Product Architect at Ambassador Labs
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About the Host: Gene Kim

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.

Conversations with experts about the important ideas changing how organizations compete and win.
Conversations with experts about the important ideas changing how organizations compete and win.
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