Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

Companies with no structure have a structure

A bunch of interesting links I came across in this discussion of companies with a flat structure. Including two about how Valve's "no structure" basically means that control lies in the hands of people who don't have to take responsibility - because technically they have none. here and here.

A nice reminder that when there's no formal structure, you end up with a structure anyway - but one that's a complete mess - the tyranny of structurelessness.

And a lovely quote:
Any sufficiently complicated company w/o management contains an ad hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of management
from here.

I think that when I first enountered the idea of ad-hoc structure in companies I thought it sounded awesome and freeing. Nowadays I more see it as a way of avoiding responsibility for making sure the company runs well, and avoiding power ending up in the hands of the loudest.

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