Thursday, August 11, 2005

what business can learn from open source

This marvelous essay from Paul Graham hits home on several levels, and expertly weaves humour throughout. A must-read for geeks that feel they are trapped in a Dilbert world!

Here are some of my favourite gems from this essay:

Business still reflects an older model, exemplified by the French word for working: travailler. It has an English cousin, travail, and what it means is torture.

The New York Times front page is a list of articles written by people who work for the New York Times. Delicious is a list of articles that are interesting. And it’s only now that you can see the two side by side that you notice how little overlap there is.

The atmosphere of the average workplace is to productivity what flames painted on the side of a car are to speed.

To me the most demoralizing aspect of the traditional office is that you’re supposed to be there at certain times […] the basic idea behind office hours is that if you can’t make people work, you can at least prevent them from having fun.

What Business Can Learn From Open Source [Paul Graham]

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