Tweets on 2007-12-12

by Vinaya HS on December 12, 2007

in General Stuff

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Technology is useless if not used for the greater good of serving the customer. We are a strongly customer-oriented company, and we often use the “working from the customer backwards” approach. This means that in your thought process, you start with the customer and work your way backwards until you have found the simple and minimal technology that you need to satisfy the new customer requirement. It is important that engineers who come to work at Amazon understand that we do not build technology for technology’s sake, but to support the customer.

A Conversation with Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.

I’ve had the good fortune of following this approach at my previous job and, honestly, there’s no better way to build a great product.

 

People who really dislike their jobs have fallen into a place where they’re no longer inspired by their work. There’s no challenge, they don’t know where they’re going, there’s no room for growth. I think a big reason why that’s a problem in corporate America is that organizations utilize human capital as if they’re machines or part of a machine.

Tom’s Cool Friends: An interview with Brett Farmiloe and Zach Hubbell, Pursue the Passion road-trippers.

Is this true of corporate India? What do you think?




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Anoop December 13, 2007 at 7:07 AM

This is regarding your second topic about people’s dislike.
It is not only true in Corporate america, but everywhere in the world. India may be different as Im not sure of work culture in India.
Growth in a person’s career happens only when there is a new challenge and more challenges continues he/she gets in his/her career.
I believe Growth never happens untill u switch companies bcoz once you enter a corporate world, there is a lot of competition between you & people who are more experienced & eventually less experienced people will be used as a spare part, though they have qualifications & talent, hence they would be unhappy.

What do you think?

Anoop December 13, 2007 at 12:14 PM

Technology is dominated by two kinds of people,

“Those who understand but do not manage”

“Those who manage but do not understand”

Mark December 27, 2007 at 6:33 AM

I am having problems finding examples of problems that require “Working Backwards” used as a strategy for solving.

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