“Rands”, arguing the value of hacking, references one of Facebook’s mantras:
The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete.
He adds his thoughts on how process is the enemy of hacking and why it’s hard to hack within large companies.
Hackers are allergic to process not because they don’t understand the value; they’re allergic to it because it violates their core values.
Process in and of itself isn’t the enemy. There is an incredible process in hacking but it is less visible and less reliant on committees and meetings to succeed. Attend a startup weekend or hack something yourself and you’ll see this. Hackers are self-driven, answer unknowns along the way, and have a concept of what they are working to achieve. In companies, processes are implemented to solve these things but hackers are smart enough to know that it needs to get done and do it themselves.
Figure this out and you’ll start hacking with purpose.