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Friday, May 19, 2006

Mini Microsoft

If you haven't read it, you should probably go and see what is happening there:
Microsoft just did away with their "stack" ranking system, a system which as I've seen it described is similar to Intel's "Focal" process with its focus on ranking and rating.

It is becoming increasingly clear that this model may not be the optimum. There is a bunch of literature about this, but the one which seems to ring true with a lot of people is a simple article on compensation by Mary Poppendieck which you can read here:

It will be interesting to see how long it takes Intel to respond...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Similarities - Kimilarities

Eventually through the forces of capitalism every logo will be a swirly oval thingy and every corporate website will have energetic or attractive people who personify the desired characteristics of the product. They will probably be blue and maybe have a touch of pink or orange (depends if it is an even or odd year)

This drive towards homogeneity and mediocrity is an unstoppable force fueled by the principle of "that looks good, give me what she is having". As usual, Intel is leading the pack by borrowing some tricks...
Check them out. Compare this one:

and this one:

Thank you Eric Kim! I feel so ALIVE!

(and thanks to anonymous poster for pointing it out)