chaos by design?

Fortune ( talks about disorder, disarray and uncertainity at Google. A great read … ‘Chaos by Design

He {Schimdt} draws a series of connected clouds representing the history of the computing industry, from mainframes to minicomputers to PCs to today’s mobile devices. The gist of the illustration is that there’s practically no money left to be made in computers, not in hardware or software. The money, instead, is all in Web applications, a trend Schmidt had been predicting since his days as chief technology officer at Sun a decade ago. Users won’t always be traveling to the Web on the PC, which is why he scribbles lines for cellphones, cable set-top boxes, Treos, BlackBerrys, and so on. Schmidt’s most compelling point — and the most visible glimmer of a method to Google’s madness — is the power behind the not-so-secret data centers.

And of course a great ending of the article by Adam Lashinsky

With so many moving parts, it’s natural to wonder if Google is truly a company for the ages — or whether it’s the next Galaxy, that fast-moving, arrogant, one-hit wonder in Shona Brown’s book. To believe that Google will find its second act, you have to accept the hubris and the chaos, and that the brainiacs who got lucky once will do so again. Google desperately wants to believe its nonlinear approach is all part of the plan. But as the company’s big thinkers are the first to admit, most of the questions about Google aren’t answerable. Try as they may, no one can truly control chaos.

Anyway my personal belief from experience tells me – chaos and structure should mutually co-exist. Chaos for creation and power. Structure for focus and channeling the power. Both together help you find breakthroughs and keep propelling ahead of you reach the end of a ‘S curve’. Will make a case sometime later in a post. When, where and how much of chaos and structure depends on comfort level, stamina {chaos is tiring and structure boring!} and  job {you obviously don’t want chaos while cleaning a stadium!}. more later – have a good week folks … 🙂

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