Enderle on Ballmer:

"The other aspect of the talk that stuck with me was how Steve was going to meet with the top employees in the company to collaboratively make Microsoft better. This clearly didn’t happen and I think the pointed feedback he got may have driven a wedge between him and the employees. Over the next few years, rather than getting closer to the employees, he had been isolated from them and failures like Zune and Vista, which could have easily been anticipated and avoided, resulted."

Failure happens in software development. If you execute everyone who fails, you're left only with those who do nothing. 

Failure isn't conventional failure in software development until someone's shortsighted enough to ignore when it initially happens or to treat it as such. 

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