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Entrepreneurship, It’s Personal

Work in a domain that is technologically challenged until you understand it profoundly. Then start a business that advances that domain by empowering its actors.


The Silo Lives! Analyzing Coordination and Communication in Multiunit Companies — HBS Working Knowledge


(Second, in this company at least,) junior executives, women, and members of the salesforce were the key actors in bridging the silos in the firm.

Exits: Yahoo's Do-Nothings Set to Bleed Purple

The nature of corporations as they grow is to become glacial and bureaucratic because no one trusts anyone. You spend half the day reporting on what you do so execs higher up can keep an eye on you because they believe that some how, you're out to destroy the company. And probably, some number of employees are. Or at the very least, not working up to their potential. Here's an idea, do some careful hiring and recruiting, hire people who are excellent at their jobs AND have some moral fiber, and set them loose to do what you hired them for. No one gets hired to fill out status reports, but that's mostly what we all end up doing. So the good people leave for greener, entrepreneurial pastures, and the people happy about status reports stay, get promoted and the whole thing perpetuates itself until you have Yahoo, GM or any other number of glacial bureauracracies.

the only value of valleywag hides in the comments.

Polymorph: Hacking Business Models

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  • Create a sustainable business model that can be adopted and adapted by others.
  • Create a fair and democratic company that is owned by the workers.
  • Have long-term, trustworthy and meaningful relationships with our staff and customers.

Nice essay about how to found a company and rule it.

Cargo Cult Agile | exotribe

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After all, a cargo cult shop is imitating what they have seen about agile. However, like waterfall proponents, cargo cult agile shops are led by people who have looked at pictures of agile models, "read" agile books, or "learned" agile development from PowerPoint presentations. Perhaps there are a number of developers who know agile, but they may not be able to move the company towards agility in the face of generations of managers and developers who have been indoctrinated by DoD-2167.

the story of my life

Things You Should Never Do, Part I - Joel on Software

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They did it by making the single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make:

They decided to rewrite the code from scratch.

because old advices are even more precious when they are old.


InfoQ: Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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This book aims to give you a head start by providing a detailed down-to-earth account of how one Swedish company implemented Scrum and XP with a team of approximately 40 people and how they continuously improved their process over a year's time.

another (free as in beer) book to read

Inside Innovation with Colin Stewart » Blog Archive » 11 innovation lessons from creators of World of Warcraft -

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“One of the mantras that a large software development company uses is ‘Fail Often, Fail Fast,’ ” Wartenberg said.

I believe in failure too.

Reality Driven Development


If we had to bet our lives on the continued success and adaptability of any single company (...), we would place that bet on 3M. Using 3M as a blueprint for evolutionary progress at its best, here are five basic lessons (...).

  1. Give it a try - and quick!
  2. Accept that mistakes will be made.
  3. Take small steps.
  4. Give people the room they need.
  5. Mechanisms--build that ticking clock


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