OnLamp had an excellent article yesterday called What Corporate Projects Should Learn from Open Source. The articles pretty long, but well worth the read. While there are obvious differences in the two types of projects (like budgets and deadlines), I still believe that corporations can move closer to the OSS model of development and get major productivity increases.
Are MP3 players becoming the biggest corporate security risk due to the large amount of data they can store now?
Forbes.com has an interesting article describing the environment over at Google.
From the article: “Hundreds of projects go on at the same time. Most teams throw out new software in six weeks or less and look at how users respond hours later. With 82 million visitors and 2.3 billion searches in a month, Google can try a new user interface or some other wrinkle on just 0.1% of its users and get massive feedback, letting it decide a project’s fate in weeks”. Now thats agile!
Creating Passionate Users: When clients (and bosses) go bad… – Excellent article on overtime and how companies should put employees first. Primary point in this one, “If we want to make happy users, we have to be happy. Our employers/managers/clients need to accept that, and act accordingly.” – Must read for Managers.
If You Want To Lead, Blog – Suns COO writes an article for the Harvard Business Review on blogging. This article sums it up.
Ford Motor Company reports a third quarter loss and decides that employees are spending too much time in the bathroom. If this were my company, I’d check the lunchroom.