Chapter 10. Structural Collaboration

At Sun Microsystems, the slogan “The Network Is the Computer” implies a high degree of communication among collaborating staff, but a network alone does not create collaboration. The World Wide Web ferments with innovation and anarchy. New products, new markets, and new demons have emerged from this polyglot of interconnected people and companies. And while software product development benefits from an emergent environment such as that on the Web, it needs to nestle closer to the orderly side of the edge of chaos than to the anarchy side.

“The two forces that we have always placed in opposition to one another—freedom and orderturn out to be partners in generating viable, well-ordered, autonomous systems. ...

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