A simple way to visualize this effect is to see your company’s org chart as a chain of gears, with the engineer writing code as a tiny gear with just a few teeth all the way at one end, and each successive manager above him as another gear, ending with the CEO as the largest gear with many hundreds of teeth. This means every time an engineer’s “manager gear” (with maybe a few dozen teeth) makes a single revolution, the “engineer gear” makes two or three revolutions. And the CEO can make a small movement and send the engineer, at the end of a chain of six or seven gears, spinning wildly! The farther you move up the chain, the faster you can set the ge...
I've never seen this "gears" metaphor as a way of understanding internal company hierarchies, but I love it.
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