My favorite excerpts from the Unicorn Project


Maxine loves coding and she’s awesome at it. But she knows that there’s something even more important than code: the systems that enable developers to be productive, so that they can write high-quality code quickly and safely, freeing themselves from all the things that prevent them from solving important business problems.

Ward Cunningham : ‘Technical debt is what you feel the next time you want to make a change.’

Edward Deming: ‘A bad system will beat a good person every time.’

The Five Ideals:

  • The First Ideal—Locality and Simplicity
  • The Second Ideal—Focus, Flow, and Joy
  • The Third Ideal—Improvement of Daily Work
  • The Fourth Ideal—Psychological Safety
  • The Fifth IdealCustomer Focus

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