Microsoft Secrets: How the World’s Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets, and Manages People

This is a page of stuff copied from this book that I thought was interesting dealing with project/people management.

  • Running a large team like a small one Project size and scope limits (clear and limited product vision; personnel and time limits)
  • Divisible product architectures (modularization by features, subsystems, and objects)
  • Divisible project architectures (feature teams and clusters, milestone subprojects)
  • Small-team structure and management (many small multi-functional groups, with high autonomy and responsibility)
  • A few rigid rules to “force” coordination and synchronization (daily builds, “don’t break the build” bug rules, milestone stabilizations)
  • Good communications within and across functions and teams (shared responsibilities, one site, common language, non-bureaucratic culture)
  • Product-process flexibility to accommodate the unknown (evolving specs, buffer time, evolving process)

Microsoft Secrets, Michael A. Cusumano and Richard W. Selby, p. 410.


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