The Soul Of A New Machine
Computers have changed since 1981, when The Soul of a New Machine first examined the culture of the computer revolution. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations.
The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.
- Burnout has been in thing in tech since the beginning
- Management seem to have a handbook for creating a sense of urgency
- Making certain resources scarce
- Creating scenarios where people compete with each other
- Setting unrealistic deadlines
- Some of the best engineers end up in management, and sometimes management looks like the role “architect”
- West appears to have created the high level blueprint and let other engieners fill in the details
- Engineers filling in the fine grain details feels like “ownership” and “freedom”