Phil Windley has some excerpts from a talk given by Paul Graham at OSCON:
In his keynote at OSCON, Paul Graham made three points:
1. People work harder on things they like
2. The standard office is unproductive
3. Bottom-up works better than top-down
Here’s some of the more provocative things Paul said (not verbatim, but hopefully I got the ideas right):
Someone who proposes to run Windows on servers ought to be prepared to explain what they know about servers that Google and Yahoo don’t know.
The reasons companies have fixed hours is that they can’t measure productivity. The idea is that if you can’t make people work, you can at least prevent them from having fun. If they’re not having fun, they must be working! If you could measure what people really did, you wouldn’t care when people worked.
Good ideas flow up from the bottom rather than flowing down from the top. This is the market model. For all their talk about free markets, companies are run like communist states. In the “channel” era, ideas flow top-down assign a reporter, edit the work, publish it.