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> mandatory compliance trainings that come up quarterly and take hours

Compliance has a bad name because it's bureaucratic. But in software, compliance can cover important things like privacy, security, internationalization, and accessibility. Getting these things right is a moral imperative in many cases. For this reason, the rise of move-fast-and-break-things startups, with their developers unfettered by bureaucracy, worries me.




I'll agree that there is likely some value (usually CYA for the company) and some real value too. However, those things still take up significant time that the two-person startup doesn't have to worry about and that is just one class of time wasters for big companies. It's always something: A big day-long network outage, firedrills, performance reviews, management shakeups, water cooler gossip, sending emails, reading emails, sudden surprise requests from executives, having to have IT install something as they took away admin rights, preparing for audits and disaster recovery...etc. I bet a startup could easily avoid 30% of the work which just comes with having 100-1000 people in an organization.




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