Losing the HP way

Robert Cringely on the end of HP in all but name:

We’ve all heard how great it is that Google allows its employees to spend 10 percent of their time working on their own projects. Google didn’t invent that: HP did.

And the way the process was instituted at HP was quite formal in that the 10 percent time was after lunch on Fridays. Imagine what it must have been like on Friday afternoons in Palo Alto with every engineer working on some wild-ass idea.

Sad to see a company like HP lose it’s innovative spirit as the MBA-types took over and gutted it. I feel that the shift towards enterprise software is more a reflection of the new CEO than it is indicative of the state of the PC/mobile business.

22. August 2011 by Han Sheng
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