…anies which are human capital intensive are desperately seeking to improve work force productivity. At the high end, in a Google where developers cost $200K/yr, i.e. $100/hr => saving an hour a month per employee, for 100 employees in a division, is $10,000/month. A team lead in that situation who can understand the productivity gain is very likely to pay for it!
What is elementary, worldly wisdom? Well, the first rule is that you can’t really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang ’em back. If the facts don’t hang together on a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in a usable form. You’ve got to have models in your head. And you’ve got to array your experience — both vicarious and direct — on this latticework of models. You may have noticed students who just try to remember and pound back what is remembered. Well, they fail in school and in life. You’ve got to hang experience on a latticework of models in your head.