The Company to Consumer model under threat
Originally I became interested in agile software development when I started to discover a pattern between great teamwork in yacht racing and teams that produced software. Some of the greatest software teams that I worked with were people working together on open source projects. Thousands of people worked together in self-organizing teams throughout their technology stack, much as if they had belonged to a single organization. Could that model work in more organizations?
There was an essential thing missing though - most of these teams were making things that were useful to themselves but not necessarily to a user who would be willing to pay. Motivation was often very idealistic: working on free (as in liberty) software usually entailed working for free (as in beer). Some projects became wildly successful, imagine a world without Linux, Wikipedia or Bitcoin. But do you remember Joomla, Mutuala or Erpal? It was, and still is, a struggle…
Roughly translated as ‘every country has the
government it deserves’ - I am getting used to the idea that this may be
truer than even Joseph de Maistre may have meant.
I don’t just mean that all our politicians are power-hungry
narcissists (something I might not deny), but I mean that humans have,
throughout the ages, had leaders that have been created by their
followers. The leaders that floated up, simply had properties that made
them buoyant in the social climate that they were in.
Usually this quote is used to complain about the corrupt nature of
democracy, but that is actually not what I mean. I mean it more as an emergent property of the masses, that leaders emerge simply because of certain properties (or perhaps lack thereof like ‘Captain Me’).
Perhaps this clip by ‘CrazyRussianHacker’ can explain what I mean.
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