The only constant is change
Are Basecamp riding the wrong wave?
Following the decisions at Basecamp, I stated that I was disappointed.
Because I felt like they were going against one of the principles that they spoke about in their books - treating their employees as adults. But also because the whole situation is representative of a bigger discussion.
You see, I'm a middle-aged man. I have certain attitudes, beliefs and ways of doing things that I have built up over the past almost 50 years.
But times change.
The general attitudes amongst people younger than me are different to my own. Society today is different to society when I was growing up.
One simple example.
I'm generally known as "Baz" - which is an anglicised, easy to pronounce, version of my surname. I accept being called Baz because people in England find it easier to say than Rahoul. But the idea of rejecting your own name for an anglicised version would be unacceptable to many today.
(As a side-note, if you were to ask an Indian, they would say that my own pronounciation of my name is wrong too).
Things that I thought were OK in years gone by are totally unacceptable now. Sometimes my own attitudes have changed too. Other times, I fight to keep my old way of thinking. And yet more times, I will watch what I say.
Because changes happen. They take years to build up and then they happen very quickly.
DHH and Jason look to be on the wrong side of those changes right now. And that lack of awareness is disappointing.