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Wiring the Winning Organization

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I had been wanting to read this book for some time. As with many other people in this industry, I'm a big fan of Gene Kim and his other books including Accelerate, The Phoenix Project, The Unicorn Project and The DevOps Handbook. In this new book Gene and Steven Spear discuss a novel concept around thinking and acting to create a winning organization.

The book primarily revolves around three areas: Slowification, Simplification, and Amplification. Briefly:

  • Slowification: A method in which you modify the environment in which a problem is solved to make problem-solving easier.
  • Simplification: A method in which you make the problems themselves easier to solve through:
    • Modularization
    • Incrementalization
    • Linearization
  • Amplification: A method where you make it more obvious that problems are occurring so they can be seen and solved.
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These concepts aren't exactly new, but it does feel like a very new way of thinking about them and organizing them. This book feels very well thought-out and is full of well-reasoned and approachable examples of how to apply these principles. The information in this book felt novel and fresh and I found myself thinking about how to apply these principles to my own work. Unlike so many books today, the authors didn't just pad a great blog post into a book. I really appreciated this book and it will be ranked highly in my list of books.

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