Thursday 1st November, 2012
11:45am to 12:30pm
Why do small, fast companies grow up to be big, slow ones? Is it an inevitable result of growing? Is your small company doomed to become a bloated, bureaucratic nightmare?
Companies tend to grow reactively, in response to market forces, competition and opportunity. A new product might do surprisingly well or a new sales strategy suddenly pays off. There is a learned assumption that large companies have to be hierarchical to be manageable, fanning out from a CEO via layers of senior management, so the company grows towards that. But is this just a self-fulfilling prophecy?
In this talk, Dan argues that it doesn't have to be this way and that small, fast companies can choose to grow into large, fast companies. It takes determination and a willingness to see things differently but it is possible. He presents a number of strategies to avoid becoming a big, slow company and some suggestions of how to start fixing things if you already are.
Optimizer of organizations, teams and software, programmer, Agile coach, technologist, troublemaker. Christian, husband, occasional blogger.
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