November 24th, 2003

classic cylon

history may repeat itself

I have wondered what it's really like to work at Google, because they have been so successful, and seem to have succeeded in every way that AV failed. I have wondered if they have good project management, good planning and logistics, the ability to get projects done without burning out their staff, etc. (You know, all of those things that you usually associate with successful companies that are also enjoyable workplaces.)

I got my answer today in a Fortune article. Too bad. It reminds me of AV about four years ago, when things started to go bad.

I have never understood why in some tech companies today, organization is such a difficult thing to do. It is almost as if these companies are afraid that if they take the time to organize projects, some other company will pass them by. What's worse, it is the customers that are asking for organization, and not getting it. These companies don't seem to realize that the customers have lots of other options. If they're not getting what they need from Google, they'll go elsewhere.

Anyway, I feel sorry for the people who see what's going on and are trying to straighten things out, but are fighting an uphill battle.

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