Facebook excerpt mantra - employee handbook

May 21, 2015   

Whilst trawling the internet on todays coffee fuelled morning, I stumbled across this little gem from the Facebook employee handbook.

6 months or 30 years

There is no point in having a 5-year plan in this industry. With each step forward, the landscape you're walking on changes. So we have a pretty good idea of where we want to be in six months, and where we want to be in 30 years. And every six months, we take another look at where we want to be in 30 years to plan out the next six months.

It's a little bit shortsighted and a little bit not. But any other approach guarantees everything you release is already obsolete.

The quick shall inherit the earth

Fast is better than slow.

While slow is adding unnecessary embelishments, fast is out in the world. And that means fast can learn from experience while slow can only theorize.

Those who ship quickly can improve quickly.

So fast doesn't just win the race. It gets a head start for the next one.


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