Platforms and Services: why you(r company) need(s) them

This is a gist of the Steve Yegge‘s phenomenal(ly long) Google Platforms Rant, which lists the only three things he thinks were done well by his former company and are the only things his current company hasn’t got right. The most important of these was Platforms. The hows & whys are a fascinating and a long read and the discourse is much posted on the internet. Steve has since offered his apology/follow up to the accidental disclosure of what was supposed to be a private memo. At least that’s my understanding of the story, as are the following lessons from the post, laid out for those short of time.

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It’s all my fault – own All your work

 

It's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be.
What more can you ask for…
This post springs from one of the ideas in “The world’s best-selling book”, some of which are listed here. Rather pithily, this one states: It’s all my fault.
Which is the author’s way of asking you to take total responsibility for any piece of work you have touched. As the book continues: “If you accept responsibility, you are in a position to do something about it … … There are no excuses.”