Satya Asks Teams At Microsoft To Find Ways To Simplify And Move Faster

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In the email sent to all of Microsoft’s employees, CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the culture change needed to move effectively in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. He said, “Our ambitions are bold and so must be our desire to change and evolve our culture.” He promised in making Microsoft the best place for smart, curious, ambitious people to do their best work. And he also wants engineering teams to build the experiences our customers love. I’m looking to the sales and marketing organizations to showcase our unique value propositions and drive customer usage first and foremost.

Finally, every team across Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently. We will increase the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes. Culture change means we will do things differently. Often people think that means everyone other than them. In reality, it means all of us taking a new approach and working together to make Microsoft better.

To this end, I’ve asked each member of the Senior Leadership Team to evaluate opportunities to advance their innovation processes and simplify their operations and how they work. We will share more on this throughout July.

Satya is also introducing new engineering processes to be customer-obsessed, data-driven, speed-oriented and quality-focused.

We will be more effective in predicting and understanding what our customers need and more nimble in adjusting to information we get from the market. We will streamline the engineering process and reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to get things done. You can expect to have fewer processes but more focused and measurable outcomes. You will see fewer people get involved in decisions and more emphasis on accountability. Further, you will see investments in two new or combined functions: Data and Applied Science and Software Engineering.

Each engineering group will have Data and Applied Science resources that will focus on measurable outcomes for our products and predictive analysis of market trends, which will allow us to innovate more effectively. Software Engineering will evolve so that information can travel more quickly, with fewer breakpoints between the envisioning of a product or service and a quality delivery to customers. In making these changes we are getting closer to the customer and pushing more accountability throughout the organization.

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  • Tirinti

    He should hire more developers.

  • dev

    Sounds very strange! Sounds definitely not like ONE Microsoft, but instead highly product oriented where the left hand doesn’t know what right hand does. How will they integrate all their services? It’s obvious that this leads to more overlapping features inside the company that will compete against each other.
    Now I am getting frightened. Everything looks like they want to decouple projects to sell them easier.

    • Blaze Blue

      Disagree. It’s all about cutting out the bullshit hold ups and getting straight to the public. He actually doing something that most people that back Microsoft to the fullest, have been talking about for years. Microsoft has a problem with coming up with new ideas and taking way too long to come out with their products. Google, Samsung app is beating me to the punch. Finally Microsoft is kicking it into full gear.

  • SategB

    Sayta is now reinforcing the analysis I shared a few months ago; lay offs are coming to Microsoft.

    It is difficult to accept that this is happening to our Microsoft but it good he is moving quickly to correct the damage if the Ballmer years.

  • http://yourig.livejournal.com/ ZloiYuri

    Nadella, my dear little dreamer, who will build this castle in the sky? The same slow people who just cannot be fast without kickass?

  • Red October

    lets just hope they listen well. Judging by some forum responses by the teams, the old head in the sand attitude came back within a couple of months of the last shakeup (after some really nice feedback from MS). And those people do need to be sacked.
    a recent one was mark-c providing a mass of data to resolve an issue with latency on 8.1 pro, and the response was an uneducated avoidance due to what seemed like a total lack of knowledge by the support staff. That needs solving, that’s why customers get angry. Having a strong core means very little if the eyes and ears refuse to see and hear. I hope he is aware of this fundamental flaw.

  • Mark

    From my experience as a 3rd party developer, since Satya has taken over Microsoft has gone from being inefficient to a complete shambles.
    They need to get better quality support staff and developers, a clear and defined strategy (this guy just seems to talk in abstract marketing babble) and just basically get a grip on the situation.

    • LexicoRed

      Acturally what you are describing is the end result of the Ballmer years. He saw it coming and jump ship so the next guy got the blame but it was falling apart before that, if was why the Board had such a hard time hiring.

      Sayta is at least facing up to the mess before it gets much worst but it hard to make the changes needed because Ballmer is on the board and trying to protect his legacy and vision ( no matter how much continue damage it does).