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Inside this Book – You’re doing what?” Maxine blurts out, staring in disbelief at Chris, VP of R&D at Parts Unlimited. Chris smiles weakly from behind his desk. Even he realizes how absurd he sounds, Maxine thinks. “Maxine, I’m really sorry about this. I know it’s a terrible way to come back from vacation, but this payroll outage created an incredible crap storm. The CEO and CFO wanted heads to roll. We agonized about this for days, but I think we came up with a pretty good solution … after all, no one is getting fired.” Maxine slaps the printed copy of his email onto his desk. “You say right here that it was caused by ‘human error and a technology failure.’ And now you say that I’m the ‘human error’? After all that time we spent together deciding how to resolve that compliance finding, you’re placing all the blame on me? What sort of bullshit is this?” She glares at him furiously. “I know, I know … It’s not right,” Chris says, squirming under Maxine’s intense gaze. “Everyone here values your incredible skills and talents and your fantastic contributions to the company over the last eight years—no one actually believes it was your fault. But the payroll issue was front-page news! Dick had to give a quote to keep the unions from filing a grievance! Given all that, I felt like we came up with the best solution in a pretty awful situation.” “So you blame the person who was on vacation because that person couldn’t defend herself?” Maxine says in disgust. “That’s really admirable, Chris. Which leadership book did you get that from?” “Come on, Max, you know I’m your biggest fan and biggest defender. In fact, take this as a huge compliment—you have one of the most stellar reputations of anyone in IT,” Chris says.
Inside this book –The Unicorn Project PDF Book by Gene Kim – He continues, “In fact, if we can take over Peter’s team, my goal will be to show that we can out-perform every other Dev team in the Phoenix Project. Gathered around this table is some of the best technical talent in the company, and we’ve already created the infrastructure that can bring some great technical practices to the game.” Kurt leans forward. “If I can get Chris to give me that chance, would you all be willing to join the team and show that we can change the trajectory of the Phoenix Project?” “Hell yes, Kurt. Count me in!” says Cranky Dave. Maxine is surprised that he’s the first to volunteer. Maxine follows. “And me. This is what I want to work on. And I know we can run circles around all the other teams. I’ve seen the competition up close,” she says with a smile. Everyone around the table chimes in, excited at the potential opportunity. Cranky Dave says, “Okay, we’re all in, Kurt. But frankly, I’m not holding my breath. Adam is right—you getting a Dev team is a long shot.” Kirsten says, “Kurt, I agree with your instincts. If you want, I’ll write a letter of recommendation to Chris.” “That would be fantastic, Kirsten,” says Kurt, beaming and obviously genuinely surprised and grateful for Kirsten’s offer. At that moment, Maxine realizes that Kurt has been operating this entire time without any real leadership air cover. He could get fired for going rogue, she realizes. “Happy to help,” says Kirsten. “But let me be clear. I’m willing to write a letter to support Kurt’s ideas, but I really can’t be seen publicly with you all. At least, not yet. People need to see me as impartial.” “Oh, you’re willing to give us a chance to take a risk and get fired, but you want to stay safely on the sidelines?” says Cranky Dave, halfway joking. Kirsten merely raises her glass to Dave.
The Unicorn Project by Gene Kim PDF : eBook Information
- Full Book Name – The Unicorn Project
- Author of this Book – Gene Kim
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Business, Management, Science, Software
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- eBook Pages – 371
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