Episode 31: Gene Kim​

About Gene Kim​

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.

About this episode

In this episode of Mik + One, Mik sits down with Gene Kim, best-selling author of The Phoenix Project and The Unicorn Project, as well as co-author of The DevOps Handbook.

In this episode, Gene chats to Mik about the next book that he’s working on, and provides many insights into:

  • The journey of the Unicorn Project, the effect it had on technology leaders and how it changed their perspectives
  • A deeper look into the importance of Psychological Safety and how this links to an organization’s structure and dynamics
  • Successful communication paths within an organization in order to improve culture, maximize flow and see successful results, faster
  • The properties and prerequisites of high performing, dynamic learning organizations and advice to help teams become one
  • The effective patterns that leadership can adopt to enable an effective communication architecture and organizational structure in order to maximize flow faster and more efficiently

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