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Fear, Control, Safety, and Trust

After having been in the software industry for over 17 years now, I've seen many approaches to running software projects. I've worked in companies that had just under 20 people, to large corporations that employed several thousand. The projects have included products that are used by millions of people, to internal software that was highly regulated. Despite all of that variation, I can pretty much break down all of the projects in two categories; projects that are run via command and control and projects that are run with collaboration and trust. One might assume that the projects run via control are always at large corporations, or from more regulated industries. But in my experience that isn't necessarily the case. The biggest company that I worked for was also perhaps one of the most progressive in terms of practices, while some of the smaller companies were just the opposite. Perhaps not coincidentally the largest and most progressive company was also the most succes