Philip Su from Microsoft gives us a glimpse of the inner workings of one of the most complex software projects in the world.

Philip’s post contains some interesting quotes related to Vista development problems:

"When a vice president in the Windows [Vista project] asks you whether your team will ship on time, they might well have asked you whether they look fat in their new Armani suit."


"[...]the intrepid managers finally understood how to get past the dilemma. They simply stopped telling the truth. -’Sure, everything fits. We cut and cut, and here we are. Vista by August or bust. You got it, boss.’ Every once in a while, Truth still pipes up in meetings. When this happens, more often than not, Truth is simply bent over an authoritative knee and soundly spanked into silence."

His post caused quite a stir so he comes up with a follow-up: Corporate Blogs -- Gradations of Value?