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Trail Bosses

Imagine, if you will, trying to produce a major new operating system, not with a closely coordinated team of disciplined professionals, but with a couple hundred coding cowboys. It's tough enough to lead a small posse of cowboys. Imagine trying to manage a whole ranch full of them. It might take a lot just to get their attention.

Perhaps, then, we should sympathize with the head of the Windows NT project who harangued his herd continually and even reportedly punched a hole in an office wall. Maybe as an ex-programmer with a reputation for clever code he understood the maverick mentality.


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