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Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love Hardcover – December 26, 2013
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“Joy, Inc. is a marvelous title, sure. But this masterpiece delivers and delivers and delivers. I beg you to keep taking deep breaths and imagining the world that Richard Sheridan reveals. Then . . . give it the best shot you can. I do truly beg you.”
—Tom Peters, coauthor, In Search of Excellence
“Redefining management, the way Richard Sheridan did at Menlo Innovations, is a big task. But with the direction and inspiration he provides in Joy, Inc., you can tap into your team’s trust, enthusiasm, and energy to successfully build your own stronger organization.”
—Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, author, New York Times bestselling It’s Your Ship
“Sheridan and his colleagues at Menlo Innovations have created one of the world’s most inspiring—and productive—workplaces, and he reveals its secrets in this highly readable and thought-provoking book. Joy Inc. is about a way of organizing work so logical, so effective, and so rewarding that you have to wonder why everyone doesn’t do it. Maybe now they will.”
—Bo Burlingham, author, Small Giants, and editor at large, Inc. magazine
“Readers who have experienced lean or agile software development may recognize the tools Sheridan used to create a totally different organizational model. But make no mistake—bringing them to life to create a joyful workplace is an act of leadership and teamwork, not implementation. Joy, Inc. shows us how the right intentional culture, combined with the right systems of management, can bring joy and exceptional business success.”
—Jeffrey Liker, author, The Toyota Way
“Joy, Inc. is the next step in the evolution of leadership and organization theory. And how appropriate that it comes from Menlo Innovations, the namesake of Edison’s ‘invention lab.’ Sheridan offers not only a manifesto for elevating the soul of organizations but a trail guide from a skilled explorer to help us follow his lead.”
—Joseph Grenny, coauthor, Influencer
“An amazing book about a stunning idea. Can you deliberately create a corporate culture that challenges every conventional wisdom on how a workplace should and must operate—while simultaneously skyrocketing performance? Sheridan says yes, and outlines how he and his team he did it. It’s a riveting story that left me deeply inspired.”
—Frans Johansson, author, The Click Moment, and CEO, The Medici Group
About the Author
RICHARD SHERIDAN is CEO and cofounder of Menlo Innovations, which has won the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for six straight years and five revenue awards from Inc. magazine. He frequently speaks at business conferences and to major corporations such as Mercedes-Benz, Nike, and 3M. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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For me, the power of this book is that it starts with a core of wanting to create a company to end human suffering with regards to software - that includes both the usage of it and the construction of it. The practices are the results of experiments to produce this thing. As such, the book tightly weaves together a lot of things that are missing in conversations in the Lean and Agile software communities, which tend to center heavily on practices, but unfortunately not so much about why someone might (or might not) adopt a given practice, or why anyone would even want to do this in the first place.
As the author recommends, he starts with WHY. The practices and the culture emerged in the pursuit of that goal of joyful software development and usage. You couldn't just drop those practices onto another dev shop and expect magic to happen, not without a serious re-examining of why that shop exists and what it believes.
This book got me inspired again about software development and business in a way I haven't been for a while, and it is prompting deep conversations within my own company about our ideas and values that I am certain will alter our business model. If this book gives you a blueprint for anything, it's how to create a company around your reason for existence and your shared beliefs. It could, with some careful thought and discussions, help any business in any vertical in this way.
The one thing you don't get a lot of in this particular book is a lot of information on the slogs that got them to this point. This is not completely absent from the book; it's just not the book's purpose and, therefore, you don't see a lot of it. You don't get a lot of narrative on the struggles Menlo went through to get the ship sailing or the various failed experiments along the way. The book focuses far more on the lessons reaped from those mistakes, as it should. I only point this out because I can see companies or teams within companies trying to transform themselves along lines inspired by the book and becoming discouraged when the road gets rough because the book doesn't explicitly go into those times in detail.
But what the book does, it does very well. I can't imagine someone reading this book and not being inspired to approach their business is new ways.
It's an easy read that covers a lot of ground. After finishing it and trying to think of ways that pieces might be applied, I feel like there are some details missing. I want to know how the employee's do their time tracking but I guess I'll just have to email Rich. Still, there is a lot of useful suggestions in terms of what they do at Menlo Innovations and things to try. Rich is describing his dream workplace so you'll need to make your own. You'll need to try the experiments to find out what works for your workplace. I did go and read "Working at Inventing: Thomas A. Edison and the Menlo Park Experience" and can see why Rich really believes in the large open work space is a key part of Menlo Innovations. That's what Edison did with workplace and it worked for him.
Somethings just won't work. Pairing is still not something that people believe can work. In talking with a friend, he pointed out that Menlo Innovations is a workplace that does contract work. One that does work for other departments in the same organization might not take well to the suggestions. I guess that it would take trust and experimentation; the same hard road that Rich travelled.
Secondly, the book could have easily been called "how agile can work in your workplace" as many elements of kanban and agile are.presented here (not to say these arent great ideas!!!) These are ideas that are alteady widespread and quite mainstream today in computer software companies.
So all in all, i dont come out of this book with a WOW factor but it is good to read on positive examples of successful agile imolementations and reassurance of modern methodologies.
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