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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.
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In this episode of The Idealcast, Gene Kim speaks with Scott Havens, who is the Director of Engineering at Wayfair, where he leads Engineering for the Wayfair Fulfillment Network. Havens is a leading proponent of applying functional programming principles to technical and organizational design. Previously, Scott was the architect for Walmart's global omnichannel inventory system, unifying availability and replenishment for the largest company in the world by revenue.

Havens shares his views on what makes great architecture great. He details what happened when an API call required 23 other synchronous procedures calls to return a correct answer. He discusses the challenges of managing inventory at Walmart, how one implements event sourcing patterns on that scale, and the functional programming principles that it depends upon. Lastly, he talks about how much category theory you need to know to do functional programming and considerations when creating code in complex systems.

Before listening to this interview, please listen to Episode 22 which provides Scott Havens's 2019 DevOps Enterprise Summit talk with commentary from Gene Kim.

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Past Episodes

Fabulous Fortunes, Few Failures, and Faster Fixes from Functional Fundamentals: Scott Havens's 2019 DevOps Enterprise Summit Talk with Commentary from Gene Kim

Open Source Software as a Triumph of Information Hiding, Modularity, and Creating Optionality

Exploring COVID-19 and Just-In-Time Supply Chains, Chaos Engineering, and the Soviet Centrally Planned Economy

Unleashing Human Creativity to Deliver 8K+ COVID Vaccines Per Day and Improve the Overall Healthcare System

Patterns of Generative Cultures: How They Can Be Destroyed and the Importance of Trust with Dr. Ron Westrum

The Sociology and Typologies of Organizations, and Technical Maestros with Dr. Ron Westrum

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. Steven 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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"Another mind-opening episode of The Idealcast... Hard to believe this content is free."
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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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