Google's Ten Golden Rules

This Newsweek article outlines ten basic rules that Google tries to live by as a company. They are, in no particular order,

  • Hire by committee.
  • Cater to their every need.
  • Pack them in.
  • Make coordination easy.
  • Eat your own dog food.
  • Encourage creativity.
  • Strive to reach consensus.
  • Don’t be evil.
  • Data drive decisions.
  • Communicate effectively.

While this is very obviously a list that’s created by and for a software engineering environment, one wonders how applicable these rules would be to other professional, knowledge-based companies. Like, say law firms (I’m thinking that the first to go—or at least get rewritten—would be #8).