When I look around for tech business related nuggets for myself, some of which I share in this series, my primary go to topics are related to software, SaaS and startups. Then super high level ideas that need pondering about or keeping them in the periphery of your vision lest they become a Tsunami behind your back. Time to time I come across a story which does not fit my normal scheme of things but are so compelling that I feel like sharing it with friends. One such came out just a few days back in Fast Company written by Joel Johnson. It is the story of how the USB port came about.
In an article on Google website Julia Rozovsky, a People Operations, Analytics and HR Strategy Leader at Google wrote (circa 2015) about the 5 keys to a successful team at Google. They set out to examine what makes Google team effective. This research was conducted over two years, 200 interviews, 250 attributes and 180+ google teams. I share this statistics to assure that the outcome has some solid basis.
Peter Drucker, the original management thinker came up with the idea of Management by Objectives popularly known as MBO in the 1950’s. It seems Andy Grove adapted the basic tenets of MBO to create his OKR approach, inspired by Drucker’s The Practice of Management.