I’m delighted to announce that we just posted Excerpt #3 of The Unicorn Project here! (You will also find Excerpt #1 and #2 at the same location.)
In Excerpt #2, our hero Maxine meets a mysterious group of rebels who are out to overthrow the ancient, powerful order, seeking to enable developers to be productive and recreate engineering greatness within the organization. They, along with everyone else, are soon thrown into the chaos caused by the catastrophic Phoenix release. In its aftermath, as the organization tries to figure out how to prevent it from happening again, the Rebellion sees a unique opportunity to help.
They learn from Erik about the First Ideal of Locality and Simplicity, as well as the Second Ideal of Focus, Flow, and Joy.
In this excerpt, Maxine joins a feature team, fixes a multithreading error, and explores a completely different set of problems in a different area of the massive ticketing-industrial complex… and she also learns why developers aren’t allowed to perform their own deployments.
She and the rest of the Rebellion 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 the crushing weight of technical debt, and argues that in manufacturing, psychological safety is just as important as physical safety.
I hope you enjoy the third excerpt! Over the next two weeks, I will be posting a series of articles on the Five Ideals, exploring in more details some of these core concepts of the book.
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