“Welcome to Flatland” – Valve Software Employee Handbook

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Want to read about an interesting management model? Check out the Valve Software Employee Handbook which they kindly published on their web site. If you are not familiar with Valve Software, they are the makers of the  STEAM digital distribution and gaming platform.

By 2011, over half of digital PC game sales were through Steam, and Valve was the most profitable company per employee in the United States *

Some interesting concepts revealed in this handbook are 1) A flat management model 2) Stacked Ranking for compensation rewarding combinations of depth and breadth 3) Cabal multidisciplinary teams 4) Employees choose the projects they work on and more.

“Why does your desk have wheels? Think of those wheels as a symbolic reminder that you should always be considering where you could move yourself to be more valuable. But also think of those wheels as literal wheels, because that’s what they are, and you’ll be able to actually move your desk with them.”