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The ramblings of a PHB

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I'm trying to become a better people and product manager.  I think I'm OK now, but we can all stand to improve.  My manager has been suggesting books to me and I'm starting to actually read them.  The latest one I've read is Good to Great, (you can read some excerpts at FastCompany).  I highly recommend reading it.  It has some really important fundamental lessons, such as the idea that getting the right people on your team is more important than having the right ideas, because the right people will come up with the right ideas.  It's so important to have the right people on your team, and I'm fortunate that we have so many great people at Microsoft that we have such a great pool to pick from.  

The other story that stuck with me was a story about Nucor steel, which located its steel mills in the midwest, so they could get former farmers, with a strong work ethic, to work there.   Their strategy was "hire like 5 people, pay them like 8 people, and work them like 10 people". That's a very interesting and clever idea, and it's basically what Microsoft has done as well. 

  • If you hav'ent yet, read PeopleWare : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0932633439/iserializable-20

  • Great idea, thanks, I'll add it to my list. Next on my list is "First, Break all the Rules".