RE: Managing Innovation
I was careful to say "in the systems market we see here". The numbers don't lie. And I don't say it can't change; just that the numbers go in the opposite direction in that market. This is part of what Andrew is trying to say and Daniel doesn't want to hear: listening to the customers is everything. The fascination in this thread is how many of us can only focus on the security part of the question and then the MS vs Open Source trope. This isn't about that. The question was how to manage innovation and still get a trusted computing environment. The reference was to an article from the Harvard Business School on using the theatre model for managing innovation (not the show, but how shows are produced, what about the culture that makes it innovative, and so on). Let me summarize what I see so far: 1. System security is an activity. Any system can be compromised given sufficient effort and incentive. All of the operating systems on the web are being hacked. How is our culture coping? 2. The theatre model relies on collaborative teams working hard and rehearsing to develop consistent behaviors among which is the ability to improvise. This is similar to the Extreme Programming model. It is in contrast to the top-down design processes of other models. 3. A major problem of security is 'sloppy code'. It is possible that a just-in-time, improvised model will introduce sloppy code that opens security holes. How frequently this occurs and how severe depends on the training and rehearsal of the individuals, but also on the collaboration of the team (eg, code inspection), inspection tools, and the policies of the managers with respect to emphasis on security. 4. Regardless of the business model of the manager, libraries of vetted code are important. Any vendor selling Internet-aware products must vette code 24x7x365. len From: ari@c... [mailto:ari@c...] "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...> writes: > Whatever > dominance Unix had ten years ago, it is > a fading memory in the systems market we > see here. The numbers don't lie. Len, I'm younger than you are and don't have your experience. But I've been hearing this "Unix is on its way out" as long I've known what was Unix was. Reminds me of this major, an experienced project manager I met in the service. "Unix? There is going to be no more Unix when the next NT comes out, it's going to kill it off." The "next NT" he was talking about was 4. Also reminds me of the old county. The dollar, they told us, keeps loosing its value, steadily and surely, on account of the corrupt American economy. The dollar is not what it used to be ten years ago. The numbers don't lie. World revolution, they said, is imminent.
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