Book Review: The Unicorn Project by Gene Kim

I started reading this book during the holiday season with high expectations after reading  The Phoenix Project a couple of years ago.

I must admit, I recognize myself at least in a couple of characters (Brett and Maxine) of this novel and a couple of my professional experiences are in some sort described in this book.

What I found refreshing is, in an IT book, that the main character is finally female! It’s so easy to become a fan of Maxine when she is forced to leave her team after being a scapegoat she doesn’t give up.

During my career, I’ve mainly worked within teams where diversity was mainly “beard” vs “no-beard” or “bald” vs “long hair”, luckily for me I’ve also worked with some talented female peers and I must admit that they were ( and are still today) professional and some of the best possible team players that you can possibly find or hire.

I think that fostering a culture of diversity is one of the best paths to reach a long term success like breaking the silos of teams with the same skills and experience and build a new culture and practise where results are achieved by truly a team effort.

There are other parts of the book that I think will be worth mentioning that I’ve removed from this article because I don’t want to ruin your surprise or set the expectation too high, but  I will encourage all of you to read this book and get the positive messages and enthusiasm that this book is capable of transmitting.

The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: It Revolution Pr (19 November 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942788762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942788768

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