The Tao Te Chimp: A Principle Driven Approach
Joe Kelly explains the Manifesto of Infochimps, known internally as the Tao de Chimp. The Infochimps team created crisp decision criteria like:
- Don't solve a problem you'd like to have.
- Engineering's job is to say "YES," product's job is to say "NO."
- Support staff drinks for free.
- Beautiful code is code that's shipped.
- Pooflinger rule: When a problem happens, look at process, team, and people in that order of importance.
- Mistakes born of bold initiative in service of the plan are always forgivable; mistakes born of timidity or indecision are never acceptable.
- Life, sometimes, is Russian novel - but novel, is not by Dostoyevsky.
He'll describe critical moments in the company large and small, and how these tenets showed the path to a clear decision. Joe Kelly guided the startup company from three guys in a bar to the leading Big Data Platform-as-a-Service company.
Additional Supporting Materials
- How can a Manifesto create and foster a strong culture?
- How does the company incorporate the Manifesto in daily activities?
- How the Tao De Chimp was created?
- How has the Manifesto failed?
- Who is Dostoyevsky?
- Joe Kelly Infochimps
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