When Committees Suck the Life Out of Great Ideas

    February 7, 2006

A few days ago, I saw a nice graphic on the Creating Passionate Users blog which was intended to illustrate Death by risk-aversion:

I contend that you can make a very similar graphic to illustrate what happens when too many people get involved in designing a product. Often this takes the form of a cross-functional team of representatives from different parts of a large business. The result is the same: an underwhelming product that excites very few people, including those who worked on it!

Perhaps someday when I leave, I’ll follow in the Xoogler’s tradition and write about some of the things I’ve experienced in my years at Yahoo. You’d be shocked by some of the no-brainers I’ve seen long, stupid arguments over. Luckily I have some pretty excellent stories to balance out those.

Jeremy Zawodny is the author of the popular Jeremy Zawodny’s blog. Jeremy is part of the Yahoo search team and frequently posts in the Yahoo! Search blog as well.

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