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We should answer a simple question: "Why companies are built and managed in the way we know?".
In this presentation I will give my answer from an historic, scientific and economic perspective, and, at the same, I will try to show why other models are possible.
Different organisational models are not only possible, but needed when the current models are causing so much pain in modern companies.
We need to reinvent the way company works as well as we must reinvent the definition of career in the 21st century.
We have so many tools and the higher amount of technology that we can use to shape the future of our companies. Which is the reason why we are not doing anything about it?
Even if the presentation is definitely focused on the Italian market it contains elements and ideas that have a broader ranged of applicability.
And, as always, it's not too serious.
I used this presentation for my talk at the Better Software 2013 conference in Florence.
How often do you ask ‘Why?’
Dedicated to FunkyProfessor
How often do you ask ‘Why?’
Now, back on track!
Not within yourself…
but looking for an answer.
Let’s do some user research…
Do you work in $big_company?
When did you ask ‘Why?’ last time?
There was a time when…
You asked ‘Why?’ every time!
When you were a child.
Now, I have a question for you
Why you did you stop asking ‘Why?’
I will give you a simplistic answer
Because a company is regulated by…
The 3 principles
They talk to your ‘crocodile brain’
What the hell is a ‘crocodile brain’?
Paul D. MacLean
Fight or flight?
and there’s one more thing…
We want to stay comfy!
But… headed in opposite directions
I’ll give you three (basic) examples
The reception desk
The visitor badge
These all speak to your croc brain!
They want you to feel uncomfortable
Both employees and guests.
A company is a place where adults
suffer from childhood traumas.
But, again, why?
We need to enter a time machine
Sometime around 1700
There was a huge shift
… to the factories
…and the first theories about
company organisation were born
Denis Diderot, France, 1713-1784
Dyeing factory, 1751.
Adam Smith, Scotland, 1723-1790
Henry Ford, U.S., 1863-1947
and this was the model.
Peter Drucker, U.S., 1909-2005
This is where companies come from.
…and this is why you have a career!
Career… interesting etymology!
a : speed in a course.
b : a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive
achievement in public, professional, or business life.
c: a profession for which one trains and which is
undertaken as a permanent calling.
The Romans, a long time ago.
All of this is profoundly broken!
We all became dummies
and copy cats
and if it’s broken, it’s broken.
This really starts very early…
From preschool to 1st grade
We need to stand up!
New organisational models
And the options are infinite!
Here’s a few examples
To create a company in which all team members will
be self-managing professionals, initiating
communications and the coordination of their
activities with fellow colleagues, customers,
suppliers, and fellow industry participants, absent
directives from others.
Handbook for new employees
Is all of this new?
Lorenzo il Magnifico
Giorgio Vasari - Ritratto di Lorenzo il Magnifico - Circa 1534
Villaggio Crespi, Crespi d’Adda
Adriano Olivetti, Italy, 1901-1960
So, which is a winning model?
but just because they are
forced to change
Three main reasons
They are short on money
They are on to something new
They are small
They suffer from being stretched
How should they cope with that?
My (Personal) Recipe
Atoms and Bits
Everywhere you look, there are devices for free
that have everything you need to make anything
...the world is full of capacious, capable,
disposable junk and it cries out to be used again.
Cory Doctorow - Makers - 2009
Is this a moral imperative?
Nabaztag - Karotz
Coding and Making
Sharing and Mentoring
Modern Times - 1936
No mahogany tables
L’armata Brancaleone - Speech to the troups - 1966
Stay away from the water cooler
Forget all what you hear
through the grapevine.
Stop with GROWTHISM!
Don’t use the word innovation
A personal story.
No BS, please.
Ron Finley:Bring your shovel