who’s killing your success?

February 4, 2010

in culture

a former microsoft vice president lays bare the internal politics holding microsoft back:

but it [cleartype, a new product], also annoyed other microsoft groups that felt threatened by our success. engineers in the windows group falsely claimed it made the display go haywire when certain colors were used. the head of office products said it was fuzzy and gave him headaches. the vice president for pocket devices was blunter: he’d support cleartype and use it, but only if i transferred the program and the programmers to his control. as a result, even though it received much public praise, internal promotion and patents, a decade passed before a fully operational version of cleartype finally made it into windows.

who’s killing your success? and what are you doing about it?


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