Dead Christmas Trees and Security Holes
It’s more than halfway through January and we still have our Christmas tree up in the living room. The tree is dead. It doesn’t look dead, but it is. It has been cut off from its root system, but to all of us, it looks very much alive. It’s bright color and crisp smell deceive us–we are made to believe it is still alive when it is not. This is because trees live on a very different time frame than humans do. They live longer; they die slower. So when you kill one, it takes longer for it to look dead.
Dying, it turns out, has time scale.
Engineering teams die too
In a sense, engineering teams die much the way that Christmas trees do. Young engineering teams grow fast and change the what they build even faster. As they get bigger, the rate of visible progress slows. Eventually, something happens–a valuable person leaves, someone takes over–and the team becomes stagnant. The team
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