August 24, 2014
Kevin Fann and I just published a book. It’s a labor of love. Self published and about two years in the making. We worked with a friend of Kevin’s (Sean) to develop the illustrations and they turned out great!
In the book we discuss some major moments that we believe are influencing the desire for businesses to operate differently. Culturally and professionally we are moving into a time where it’s important to recognize differing systems of ‘control’ and how they can work in harmony.
We wrote Growing Up Fast as a practical book about how to implement an agile process in modern business to create the necessary collaboration between marketing and innovation for business success.
The first half of the book covers the philosophical underpinnings of complementary opposites in nature, human interaction, and the workplace. It surveys business management over the last 100 years and shows how we’ve come to the “Agile Age,” which is not about big ideas Mad Men-style, but lots of little ideas to test and try.
The second half of the book discusses the mindsets and tools required for success in agile work, and examples are given throughout the text in the form of case studies on companies like Netflix, 3M, Microsoft, Domino’s Pizza, and Dell Computer.
The introduction and conclusion of the book set up the metaphor of the book’s title, to personify the current impasse between big regulation government and total free market capitalism. Agile is posed as a third option between the Mom and Dad’s battle between over-planning and wild speculation, concern for the future and obsession with “what worked” in the past—as both occupy our resources without agile process or priorities for the innovations we need going forward in society. Agile is portrayed as an inquisitive, experimental, brilliant child who still lives above the garage at her parents’ house—and it’s time for her to move out.
I hope you enjoy it (if you choose to get it) and we would be incredibly grateful for some early reviews.