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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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Latest Episode

In the first part of this two-part episode of The Idealcast, Gene Kim speaks with Dr. Ron Westrum, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University. His work on organizational culture and his contribution of the Westrum organizational typology model have been instrumental in understanding what makes a high-performing organization across industries. . For decades, he has studied complex organizations from medicine to aviation to the nuclear industry.

In part one of their conversation, Kim and Westrum talk about the stark contrast between NASA’s highly experimental culture of the Apollo space program versus the highly compliance-driven culture of the US Space Shuttle program, and Westrum’s opinions on how to bring that experimental culture back. They also discuss the origins of the Westrum organizational typology model and some of the insights that led to it. Finally, Westrum shares what organizations should do when  things go wrong in complex systems.

Visit the episode page for full transcript and resources.

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Leadership, Radical Delegation, and Integrated Problem Solving with Admiral John Richardson

Leadership Development and Balancing Creativity and Control

The Rise of Knowledge Work, and its Structure and Dynamics

The Principles and Practices behind Team of Teams 

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

The Principals and Practices behind Team of Teams

The Surprising Implications of Architecting for Generality

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

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

The Topography of Problems and the Importance of Distributed Problem Solving 

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

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

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

Achieving Better Outcomes Through Structure

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

Digital Disruption and the Five Ideals

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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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