Team lead, David Ferrucci, recalls the early days of putting together the team that built Watson:
Likewise, the scientists would have to reject an ego-driven perspective and embrace the distributed intelligence that the project demanded. Some were still looking for that silver bullet that they might find all by themselves. But that represented the antithesis of how we would ultimately succeed. We learned to depend on a philosophy that embraced multiple tracks, each contributing relatively small increments to the success of the project.
As I sit here reading about egos within IBM, with the NFL playoffs in front of me, I can’t help but smirk.