It’s a whole 10 days since I dumped an off-topic thread on an unsuspecting community.
But I have figured out the answer to life, the universe and everything, and the coffee is taking too long.
Corporate work has become too large to manage by anything other than bureaucracy, and bureaucracy always fails to produce anything. So progress gets made by unmanaged stupid people doing stupid things; and smart people, who would otherwise never act, clean up the mess slightly better each time. Somehow, everything becomes slightly further ahead when the cleanup is done just enough to be usable. This pattern repeats because unlike the smart people, the stupid people never run out of ideas. That and the smart people always learn to clean up better and pre-empt specific repetition of the same stupid things.
So we all make progress as long as we realize where we fit in and that we need each other.