Ballmer has made a lot of changes at Microsoft over the last year, including a giant reorg. "... we are well underway in implementing the new organization structure announced in July," Ballmer said in the letter to shareholders. "The teams are working together in new and exciting ways. The key change we made is deceptively simple but profoundly powerful: Instead of organizing our teams around individual products, we've organized by function, including, for example, engineering, sales, marketing and finance. It ensures we have one strategy and work as one team with one set of shared goals."
To this I say "b***s**t". It's a nice idea to say that you've moved away from product-centric teams to functionality-centric groups. But it's BS. It's just another way of doing things. Yes, you may enable yourself to focus more on the common goals of the organization. But because you no longer have experienced product-focus individuals bring their honed skills to the table for that product, you're now risking the product quality itself. And unless that was sorely lacking before, this just means you're going to start producing more lemons in the near future. It's a bad move in my opinion. Thoughts?