An interesting series of posts on Google NYC, Top Google engineer talks to NYC software industry [the broken link was removed]:
Of Google’s 8000 employees worldwide, approximately half are engineers. Warren stressed that Google pro-actively seeks to keep an engineering-centric culture and does all in its power to avoid undue influences from the likes of biz dev, VC and marketing folks.
Google continues to stress the importance of letting engineers pursue customer delight. It seems to be working pretty well, even if some don’t like the primacy of engineers at Google.
Google Engineering: The REAL story [the broken link was removed]
Engineer finishes task, Produces build for User Experience approval, Engineer releases into build, Build QA’d. Build stage for release…
The Google “weekly sprint” methodology enables flexible iteration integrating user feedback during the development process, Rechis indicated. As is the Google rule, he concluded, “focus on the user and all else will follow.”