Why I Run a Flat Company by Jason Fried

April 6th, 2011 6 Comments

An interesting study of the pros and cons of a flat company.

Why I Run a Flat Company | Jason Fried of Inc.com

Google famously runs a mostly flat organization, and this model seems to work well for software development organizations.

Obviously, it’s not for everyone, but I definitely like the idea of promoting horizontally vs. vertically. Your best developers should be writing code, not learning management.

Thoughts?


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6 Responses to “Why I Run a Flat Company by Jason Fried”

  1. Bob Rhubart Says:

    Agreed. The trick is to get passionate people and let them apply those passions to moving the company forward. Everybody wins.

  2. oraclenerd Says:

    +1 for flat

  3. Jake Says:

    Yeah, it runs into scaling issues, as Jason mentions, but I think you can make it work even in very large development orgs.

  4. Jake Says:

    Definitely, although it’s sometimes a challenge to find good, passionate development managers; it’s an interesting skill set :)

  5. Luc Says:

    Great article. Thanks for that.

  6. Jake Says:

    Sure, a lot of good information in there.

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