There used to be a weekly meeting with Steve Jobs to go over user interfaces and workflows for macOS. He would get together with the higher ups as well as members of the Human Interface team. Sometimes first level managers would be there or individual engineers might be there to run a demo or answer questions. They were held in a room called Diplomacy on the Infinite Loop campus and typically ran for many hours.
After this meeting, there would be a “debriefing” where one or more of the attendees of that meeting would report to the underlings. Sometimes that included people like me.
That’s the backstory to what’s actually a very short anecdote. What was fun about these debriefings is that they were like a game of telephone.
- Steve might say something in the weekly meeting
- Someone would jot down what they think he said
- The notes might get