Stack Ranking

For the past year I have read Michael O. Church‘s blog about his Google experience with stack ranking: the employee performance management program that Silicon Valley firms have adapted from Jack Welch (GE), Andy Grove (Intel), and venture capitalist John Doerr.


Business Insider has just published an excerpt from Nicholas Carlson’s new book on Yahoo’s stack ranking experience under current chief executive officer Marissa Mayer. Carlson’s reportage includes in-fighting teams, stifled innovation, and performance review politics. It echoes Kurt Eichenwald’s indictment of stack ranking at Steve Ballmer era Microsoft.


This year, I will be revisiting the work of Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile), Alan Fish (Knowledge Automation), and others, as I continue to see stack ranking being applied in many different organisations.