The Cathedral, the Bazaar and the Pyramid
Fake News written by on Thursday, May 24, 2001
Having had a long hard look at Microsoft, I feel that neither the Cathedral nor the Bazaar software development models are suitable to describe the process at Microsoft. I therefore propose a third category of software development: the Pyramid.
Consider these similarities:
- Pyramids were built by underpaid peasants.
- A pyramid is just a huge pointy thing that sits there taking up space. As burial places go, the Egyptian Pyramids represent the first incidence of heavy bloatware.
- The instructions for use and license are in hieroglyphics. And you have to break the seals before you can read them.
- The Pyramids are a monument to self aggrandizement.
- The Pharaohs who were in charge believed they were incarnations of gods.
The similarities to Microsoft are too close to ignore.