[nSLUG] Software Engineers and Creative Management

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 10:33:48 ADT 2020


On Mon, 21 Sep 2020 at 00:46, HOG <westpennanthog at eastlink.ca> wrote:

> Interesting article:-
>
> https://iism.org/article/why-are-ceos-failing-software-engineers-56
>
> Any comments?
>

The article is right about the failure of financial and
operations management
to manage innovation, but I find it overblown and pompous.   There have been
many corporate efforts that were highly successful at innovation:  Bell Labs
(UNIX, transistors), Xerox Palo Alto (graphical user interface), Dupont
(plastics).
These examples also contain many failures to capture the value of
innovations,
and books have been written on the reasons for these failures.

The article neglects another important management role: managing
relationships:
labor, public, and government perceptions, regulators, etc.

Innovators often face resistance from operations, who are focused on
incremental
improvements to existing practices, finance who are worried by
uncertainties, and
even competition from other innovators who promote their own innovations
while
raising concerns with other innovations.

Recently there have been a number of examples of industry leaders getting
into
trouble following management reorganization that removed founders who were
conversant with the technology and replaced them with financial specialists
who
made bad technical choices (think Boeing).   The article mentions a number
of
recent "move fast and break things" founders, all people with deep
understanding
of the technologies.



-- 
George N. White III
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