Management Madness

In large organisations, it often seems that more time is spent in trying to manage things than in actually doing productive work. Moishe Lettvin provides a good example when he describes his time working on Microsoft’s Vista operating system. He worked on a team that was responsible, amongst other things, for the design and implementation of Vista’s shutdown menu. As he says, the implementation took a couple of hundred lines of code. But he found himself interacting with 42 other people in the attempt to design and implement the feature. Madness. It’s a miracle that Vista ever made it out of the doors of Microsoft at all.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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