From a blog posting June 1,2009 by Joel Birnbaum, long-time R&D leader for HP, and definer of the HP/PA computing program, commenting about Chuck House and the new book by him and his co-author Ray Price:
"When I came to HP as a rare outsider hired into a high position, many people advised me to look up Chuck as someone who really understood the soul of the company. He was famous within HP for his wit, his creativity, and his willingness to speak out against things that he thought short-sighted or self-serving. I found that he more than deserved his reputation.
"His soon to be published book (The HP Phenomenon: Innovation and Business Transformation, Stanford Press, 2009), for which I was interviewed extensively, is likely to find wide acceptance and is a marvel of careful research and writing.
"Chuck is a witty, daring and very effective speaker, and during our time together at HP, he lent his name to many causes that resulted in dramatic improvements... not always with the prior approval of upper management. HP was eventually proud of these sometimes irreverent accomplishments, and many found their way into the literature and are in wide use in the industry today.
"For all of his career, Chuck's signature style has been his refusal to accept the status quo for purely historical reasons, and to think creatively and deeply about a problem or opportunity and then, often with recruited partners, to seek a novel solution. Chuck's style, while often flamboyant to attract attention to his causes, is inherently a modest one.