Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

Scott Berkun has written a great book about his year working at Autommatic, the young team behind wordpress.com. It’s a story about a dynamic culture, unafraid to make mistakes, unafraid to learn.

Sub Cultures Sub cultures are coherent tribes in themselves, often sharing core common values, but maybe diverging around the edges. It’s in these spaces of divergence that issues of trust, transparency and integrity can emerge

Surprisingly, for a technology company, the focus is on communication, not systems. WordPress uses narrative approaches to sharing and learning: teams narrating their progress, challenges and success on internal blogs, with very little hierarchy to dictate who can view or contribute. Team structures are not defined by what you can and can’t do so much as tribes of similarly skilled and focussed individuals, who have permission to collaborate and contribute more widely. Priorities are set at a local level with little…

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