Larry Page begins reshuffle; engineers in charge

As Larry Page begins his new job as CEO, whisperings around the Google campus indicate a significant reorganisation is on its way. In an effort to bring the company back to its nimble innovative beginnings, Page is hoping to shift the power away from managers and business-minded heads towards engineers. The news comes a mere two days after previous CEO Eric Schmidt stepped down.

AllThingsD speculates that Page's engineer-centric mindset has been a primary influence on his decision to reshuffle, with the move essentially placing him in charge as the highest-level engineer. A move away from micromanagement has been a key factor in success for the YouTube and Android divisions, which operate in an almost self-contained environment. Placing departments in positions akin to that of a smaller startup could be exactly what Google needs to encourage new ideas from individual staff members.

Google has made efforts to stimulate innovation before. "20 percent time", where an employee will spend 20 percent of their time on a project that takes their interest, was responsible for the birth of Gmail. Inspiration came from a user who was frustrated with how much time she had to spend organising emails. After an engineer heard about the complaints, he used "20 percent time" to try and come up with a solution. "If a Google user has a problem with email, well, so do we," said co-founder Sergey Brin.

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Um, does this not fly directly in the face of a report regarding what it takes to be a good boss that was recently published by Google? The report stated that being technically adept was the least valuable quality to have in a management position, and that the ability to efficiently manage people and keep them motivated was far more important even at the expense of an engineering background. Strange Google would conduct such a massive study and then completely ignore it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/business/13hire.html?_r=1
http://www.justmeans.com/The-A...ording-to-Google/46916.html

tiagosilva29 said,
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laughed my ass off in the office, good one

tiagosilva29 said,
FOX NEWS UPDATE: Socialist technocrats have formed a secret cabal to take over the most powerful company in the world!

Tip of the hat to you, sir.

tiagosilva29 said,
FOX NEWS UPDATE: Socialist technocrats have formed a secret cabal to take over the most powerful company in the world!

I demand to see their birth certificates!

tiagosilva29 said,
FOX NEWS UPDATE: Socialist technocrats have formed a secret cabal to take over the most powerful company in the world!

CNN News confirms the story so it must be a hoax :-P

I thought Google has always been like that. UI, features, humour, half baked, updated in short times, is there a mass use for this. I really can't think of anything recent that has a non-engineer vibe to it.

amon91 said,
I like this. Big businesses can't become too bureaucratic, that never goes well.

You mean like Microsoft? where the engineers are pushed into a corner by marketing people?

neufuse said,

You mean like Microsoft? where the engineers are pushed into a corner by marketing people?

Developers Developers Developers Developers Developers.....

neufuse said,

You mean like Microsoft? where the engineers are pushed into a corner by marketing people?
You spelled "Apple" wrong there.

neufuse said,

You mean like Microsoft? where the engineers are pushed into a corner by marketing people?

Microsoft already started its "engineers" first initiative.. it was on neowin a few months ago Google is just late to the game

JustinN said,

Developers Developers Developers Developers Developers.....

PMSL!!!! hahahaha

I'm going to go watch that video again!