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A short presentation I did for the stanford business school on scaling software development orgs

A short presentation I did for the stanford business school on scaling software development orgs

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Scaling Organizations Scaling Organizations Presentation Transcript

  • ScaleSuccessive stages of letting go@chfry
  • “Life can only beunderstood backwards;but it must be livedforwards” -Kierkegaard
  • Topics• Hiring• Autonomous Teams• Information Dispersal• Economics• Organizational Hacks• Iteration• Learning Organization• Structure & Repetition• Invest in Leadership• Being a public figure• Socialize / Ceremony / Celebrate
  • “Hire the best and get outof their way”What is your philosophy of leadership?How much direct management?How hands off should you be?Everyone is an executive
  • How would you run a 10person, 100 person, 1000person organization?Let’s design
  • What is the unit ofmanagement?Autonomous Teams
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  • Information Dispersal &CommunicationEveryone is an executive - DruckerLeadership is communicationListen -> Decide -> Communicate @dickcTo create autonomy push as muchinformation as you can to the leaf nodes
  • EconomicsImagine you are the mayor of a small townYou should break every year or soThe job of the hierarchy is to defeat thehierarchyMonarchy and Democracy
  • Organizational hacksInnovative algorithms that invert theeconomicsOOMAgileCMP
  • Organizational hacksWhat is somethingyou’ve always wantedto try?
  • IterationGet to 1.0 as soon as possible - Edit modeIterate / Learn
  • Learning OrganizationBuild an org that learns through honesty,retrospectives and dataPlato vs Aristotle
  • Structure & RepetitionUse just too little structureBuild a regular rhythm
  • Invest in leadership@dickc runs a class on management forevery new managerFocus on leadershipEducate
  • Being a public figureYou are on stage, all the timeYou own the perception of your work
  • Socialize / Ceremony /CelebrateCompanies are networks of relationshipsbetween human beings
  • Thankyou!