[plt-scheme] Re: Programming for non-programmers

From: Alex Peake (alex.peake at comac.com)
Date: Sat Oct 16 18:01:05 EDT 2004


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven H. Rogers [mailto:steve at shrogers.com] 
> Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2004 11:11 AM
> To: Alex Peake
> Cc: 'Richard Cleis'; plt-scheme at web-ext.cs.brown.edu
> Subject: Re: [plt-scheme] Re: Programming for non-programmers
> Alex Peake wrote:
> >Let us add to that the mindset of the "enterprising" 
> (entrepreneur if 
> >you like). To assume that all progress is made in the work hours and 
> >environment is a recipe for, well, the current situation. The 
> >"enterprising" find time to (as Alan Kay suggests) "invent 
> the future". 
> >If you wait for the average corporation, which as we all 
> recognize, are populated by average people, then we get 
> average results.
> >  
> >
> Exactly.  As Paul Graham is fond of saying, most recently in 
> "What the Bubble Got Right" 
> (http://paulgraham.com/bubble.html),  people tend to be most 
> productive when their contributions to the enterprises bottom 
> line is fairly rewarded.  The larger a company is, the harder 
> it is to see how individual contributions impact the bottom line. 

I do not believe that the size of the company is the key issue, more the culture. I am ex-HP, so I
know it well, and large as it is, individuals are (well known to be) impacting the bottom line (and
so rewarded). I currently work for Iron Mountain (big), yet I am "appropriately" rewarded.


> Steve
> --
> Steven H. Rogers, Ph.D., steve at shrogers.com
> Weblog: http://shrogers.com/zope/reflections
> "Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best 
> way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay

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