This is a tweetstorm about what I’m learning about company organizational structure, alignment, and how to innovate rapidly while scaling.
Disclaimers: 1. Learning from other companies often means de facto survivorship bias
2. I’m not an expert, just learning as fast as I can
1. Successful companies seem to derive the structure of the organization backward from goals (OKRs).
Amazon calls it “service-driven architecture,” Google apparently calls them “functional units,” many CEOs refer to it as something about decentralized teams
But what this really means is an organization defines its objectives (Bezos recommends selecting objectives that will be the same 10 yrs from now) and starting with small teams dedicated to that thing. E.g. a “lower prices team” and a “better selection” team at early Amazon
50 are put in a University Shakespeare class. Attendance marked, reading assigned, reports written, grades given.
The other 50 were given the same amount of time to explore Shakespeare on their own.
Who do you honestly think learns more?
So what is making the student successful in the University? Everyone says, "The content! The professor!"
Take that same content, deliver it to the 50 self-studiers in the form of a MOOC. Some will succeed.
On average, however, performance of a class will *destroy* self-learners
So what if, and hear me out on this, the most important aspect of an education for the majority of people isn't actually the *content* itself (though that certainly matters), but scheduling, artificial discipline, making up for where the average human is broken and/or lazy?
This is a tweetstorm about things that have surprised me having started a school, coming from a non-educational background
1. Students’ brains are broken by our existing system. We’ve been reworked purely for extrinsic reward and forgotten how to learn entirely. The most frequently asked questions we get are “is this required?” and “donwe get a certificate for this?” It’s sad
Most universities, surprisingly, have no way to measure their effectiveness, and most don’t try. If you can’t measure effectiveness you can’t fail.