Posts tagged business
“ One thing I learned is that while your vision should never change, you should keep trying different strategies until one works. If you can fine-tune your instinct and have confidence in it, then you can keep taking different bites of the apple and keep approaching the problem in different ways until you get it right.”
…it’s your job to insert yourself wherever you think you should be.
Valve create great games and great business, but after reading their handbook for new employees it seems like their true innovation is their way of managing employees and projects:
We’ve heard that other companies have people allocate a percentage of their time to self-directed projects. At Valve, that percentage is 100.
Since Valve is flat, people don’t join projects because they’re told to. Instead, you’ll decide what to work on…
Cabals are really just multidisciplinary project teams. We’ve self-organized into these largely temporary groups since the early days of Valve. They exist to get a product or large feature shipped. Like any other group or effort at the company, they form organically. People decide to join the group based on their own belief that the group’s work is important enough for them to work on.
This is so bold, so amazing and I guess a stupidly obvious way of running a business. What better way to create engagement than letting your employees choose to work on the things they find most important and interesting.