Thursday, January 11, 2007

QOTD: Jamie Zawinski on groupware

This piece from Jamie Zawinski from way back in 2005 discussing why Netscape went down the tubes: Groupware Bad.

Now the problem here is that the product's direction changed utterly. Our focus in the client group had always been to build products and features that people wanted to use. That we wanted to use. That our moms wanted to use.
"Groupware" is all about things like "workflow", which means, "the chairman of the committee has emailed me this checklist, and I'm done with item 3, so I want to check off item 3, so this document must be sent back to my supervisor to approve the fact that item 3 is changing from `unchecked' to `checked', and once he does that, it can be directed back to committee for review."
Nobody cares about that shit. Nobody you'd want to talk to, anyway.

Hits way too close to home for me.

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