Make it difficult to hire a manager

Here is the article that shows how managers create more work for others, but necessarily contribute to value creation - http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/06/the-true-cost-of-hiring-yet-another-manager/

A large software company we worked with recently eliminated more than 40% of its supervisors, ensuring that the people who actually develop the product aren’t overburdened with managers and other functionaries.value stream

Seems to be that idea (mentioned in my previous post “Org. design and Scrum“) of making it difficult to hire a manager is not such a bad thing after all… Especially if you want to create network organisation oriented towards value creation, but not hierarchy and functional departments.

p.s. you can read more about network organizations here - http://www.organizeforcomplexity.com/

Hate goals?

Hate goal statements? I can guess why. They are long, boring and contain lots of buzz words. But here is nice example from Nike in this article. Article also covers more aspects of Lean Manufacturing at Nike

Nike has 2 overarching goals in their strategy:

  • Make Today Better
  • Design the Future

Pretty simple and can easily be remembered by all employees. Under these two main pillars in their strategy, Lean begins to take context.

Hints by Niccolo Machiavelli: peacetime

Niccolo Machiavelli: “He should never relax during a peacetime, as all his hard work and effort will pay off during hard times when someone will try to conquer him. But he will be able to resist if he is prepared.”machiavelli

My interpretation: Manager have to think about tomorrow, not today (unless there is a disaster) and have a list of tools that help to prevent problems on early stages. What we do?

  • periodic capacity tests of the platform help to start making corrective actions earlier
  • planning DCs expenses ahead to see the trend of actual costs and planned ones
  • 24/7 monitoring solution (we keep improving this as it is never perfect) again
  • keeping an eye on competitors

Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli is known for his work “The Prince”

Machiavelli’s best-known book, Il Principe, contains several maxims concerning politics, but instead of the more traditional subject of a hereditary prince, it concentrates on the possibility of a “new prince.” To retain power, the hereditary prince must carefully maintain the sociopolitical institutions to which the people are accustomed, whereas a new prince has the more difficult task in ruling: He must first stabilize his newfound power in order to build an enduring political structure. He asserted that social benefits of stability and security could be achieved in the face of moral corruption. Aside from that, Machiavelli believed that public and private morality had to be understood as two different things in order to rule well. As a result, a ruler must be concerned not only with reputation, but also must be positively willing to act immorally at the right times. As a political theorist, Machiavelli emphasized the occasional need for the methodical exercise of brute force or deceit.

While reading his work i find lots of hints for managers and going to share my interpretations in next posts. It reminds me about comparison of Football Coach and Scrum Master in the series of posts. Here is the link to the last post.