Saturday, December 20, 2014

Anarchic Development Efforts

Nokia, once the leader in mobile technologies really messed up big. They were poised (perhaps) to be where Apple is today with the iPad and the iPhone however they had various deeply seeded problems which ultimately caused the demise of their R&D efforts. This interesting article is a great read for technology project managers. One of the most interesting things I found was the mention of "anarchic development efforts" at Nokia which was a major factor leading to ultimate project failure. By contrast the leadership culture at Apple has been very disciplined and focused under the collaborative-dictatorship of Steve Jobs. On a personal note, this is why, when I am heading up development teams, I have no time for "anarchic development efforts". Developers that don't get with the program must be let go or the entire project will be in jeopardy. I think this article highlights a sterling example of issue.

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