The World As Best As I Remember It : Broken Windows Theory: This essay from a Windows developer (like, a guy who develops Windows, not develops on Windows) is a fairly telling look into the world of the Windows development group.
Vista has suffered a series of high-profile delays, including most recently the announcement that it would be delayed until 2007. The largest software project in mankind’s history now threatens to also be the longest.
[…] building Windows on a dual-proc dev box takes nearly 24 hours, and you’ll be slow enough to drive Miss Daisy.
[…] Deep in the bowels of Windows, there remains the whiff of a bygone culture of belittlement and aggression. Windows can be a scary place to tell the truth. When a vice president in Windows asks you whether your team will ship on time, they might well have asked you whether they look fat in their new Armani suit.
I don’t envy the people trying to manage that monster. And 24 hours to build? Holy cats.
It says something too that Microsoft allows this stuff to get posted. This essay is located under an MSDN domain name, so it’s eminating from somewhere within the Borg Cube. I never thought I’d see that.