A Conversation with Gene Kim: Five Ideals for Building Software

Check out our conversation with author of the The Unicorn Project, Gene Kim.  Hosted by Split’s Dave Karow and joined by Pete Hodgson, we discuss some of the Five Ideals laid out in the book by Gene, and the inspiration behind them.

Topics we touch upon:

  • Locality: How any team independently can deploy value to the customer
  • Locality: How feature flags are the single place needed to release to a customer
  • Focus and flow: trunk-based development
  • Improvement: feedback loops
  • Improvement: Developer-friendly tooling
  • Psychological safety: Ability to tolerate failures by finding them and fixing them fast
  • Customer focus: Customer KPIs and SLOs front and center