The Unicorn Project is an interesting story which should resonate with people in the workplace working on Agile concepts. It’s almost a mapping of Agile/DevOps ideals to a feel good story. The protagonist works through a dysfunctional organization to lead a revolution that transforms the working culture and the financial outlook for the company. Her journey that takes her to the top of the company.
The timescales and “ease” with how our protagonist overcomes the challenges is a bit unrealistic but it doesn’t take away from the relatable challenges and the teaching moments. It doesn’t need to be realistic in order to teach something. When she suffers getting thrown under the bus for a system failure or when she commiserates with her colleagues to form a rebel culture, you feel like this could be me. Most any IT person can identify with at least a few of these situations. Principles used to overcome these challenges are what many Agile organizations strive to achieve. The book may appeal to “regular” people but I think it will most appeal to IT people in the midst of their own Agile revolutions.