Successfully adopting DevOps is no easy feat – particularly in large, complex organizations where leaders often find themselves fighting deeply entrenched orthodoxies. And yet, what is it that enables some to create incredibly effective and innovative teams, despite these obstacles?

It is this question that inspired The Unicorn Project, the latest book release from award-winning CTO, researcher and author Gene Kim. Watch this recording as New Relic SVP of Product & Solutions Marketing Jon Rooney chats with Gene about the goals and aspirations of the book and how to not only survive – but thrive – in this era of digital transformation.

In The Phoenix Project, Gene used the constructs of the “Three Ways” and “Four Types of Work” to frame some of the important concepts in the book. Similarly, in The Unicorn Project, Gene takes another look at the Parts Unlimited company, this time from the perspective of software development, and uses “Five Ideals” to frame what he thinks are the most important challenges facing engineering and business leaders today.

We explore each in detail, along with favorite case studies that demonstrate both ideal and non-ideal situations – plus why Gene believes more than ever that DevOps will be one of the most potent economic forces for decades to come.

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Gene Kim

CTO, Researcher and Author

Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher and author, and has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years and has written six books, including The Unicorn Project (2019), The Phoenix Project (2013), The DevOps Handbook (2016), the Shingo Publication Awardwinning Accelerate (2018), and The Visible Ops Handbook (2004-2006) series. Since 2014, he has been the founder and organizer of the DevOps Enterprise Summit.

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Jon Rooney

SVP, Product & Solutions Marketing

Jon Rooney is the SVP of Product and Solutions Marketing at New Relic. Before New Relic, Jon was the VP of Marketing at Domino Data Lab and the VP of Product Marketing at Splunk, where he held several roles from 2012 through 2018. Earlier in his career, Jon held product management and product marketing roles at Microsoft working on, Visual Studio, Silverlight and Azure. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Jon graduated with a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

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