Kill the Curve - Poor 50's HR Practice of Stack Ranking Continues

In the 1950's industry became obsessed with scientific management. People became human resources and performance management was created to "motivate" these resources. A lot has changed since then. The speed of innovation now requires collaborative employees rather than resources mechanically following process. Science has also moved on in understanding how to get the best from these people. Why does this 50's thinking prevail?

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Is the Innovation Funnel Killing the Enterprise?

The smallest software projects are 10 times more productive than large software projects. Large software projects used to be the norm as there was were no cloud offerings. Every software vendor built build their own highly scalable, resilient, high performance systems which made most software projects large. Big companies didn't like this but benefited from being the only ones able to afford the innovation these large software products and projects delivered. 

The world has changed.

Now startups working on pay as you go, Platform as a Service offerings are now competing in a battle of asymmetric warfare against the behemoths. Offering customers fast paced, highly scalable innovation.

Maybe the heritage company's answer isn't yet another idea in their innovation funnel? 

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