May 03 [Thu], 2012, 16:21
mjwalshe, I see where you're coming from. I think there's a philosophical divide here though, Louis Vuitton hobo and I think we are on opposite sides of it. The lack of structure etc points, I see what Louis Vuitton Belt you mean, but in an enviroment where everybody already feels a common sense of purpose, motivation and drive, too much structure is actually a hindrance.

Layers of management provide external motivation and targets for those who can't manage to generate them internally, and also exclude the possibility for those who can. It's the difference between a conscript, and an elite SPecial Forces soldier.

The conscript needs constant supervision and leadership at the tactical and strategic level, telling him where to go, what to do and what his mission is and how to acomplish it. The elite soldier will continue to be effective even in the most difficult circumstances, even being able to improvise entirely new missions for themselves without requiring detailed direction from above if necessary.

Google operates an "Special Forces" model. Of course, there are dangers - the model assumes a LOT of things on behalf of the employees, and if those things stop being true, the model breaks, and so does the company

> 4 lack of private space to work I’m with MS on this one you want developers head down in the zone not chatting and being distracted.

I've got a more fundamental disagreement with that. There's a tendency in many Louis Vuitton Clutches corporate structures to assume that work = productivity, which I and Scott Adams know to be a fallacy. Louis Vuitton Outlet Whilst there is clearly a strong correlation between time spent coding and worthwhile product out the other end, I DON'T believe it's a strictly linear relationship.

A bit of "chatting" can provide benefits, such as improved stress levels, improved employee morale and the exchange of ideas and best practice technique, leading to improve productivity. A company full of zombies who serve their time, don't talk to each other and don't step outside of the management proscribed boxes will never produce anything remarkable.

A company of developers who spend their whole day shirking won't either - but thats what Google seek to avoid with everything else they provide. They seek to induce a culture where the developers have freedom, and seek to use that freedom

> wheres the career path

Why does there have to be a "career path"? Does every programmer necessarily aspire to promotion away from a keyboard? If you are consistently paid a salary commensurate with your contribution to the company, does there have to be a titular advancement as well?
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