Permanent Note #8

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Decision making within an organisation — deciding areas of focus, making trade-offs — requires broad context to be done well. If you only think of what's best for yourself, your team will suffer. Focusing only on your team similarly produces local benefits but can be a detriment to other teams. It is you when consider what is best for the company — your peers, those in other groups — that a globally optimal solution can emerge.

(This does, admittedly, rely on others playing the same game. Everyone optimising for themselves leads to the tragedy of the commons, but you can similarly find yourself in the prisoner's dilemma. This is another argument for alignment.)


Related: 8a

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