“Never Work Weekends Again”: Insights Into Creating A Joyful Culture

SHRM 2011 Annual Conference
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Track: Talent Management

Imagine a workplace with no walls, no cubicles, and no private offices. It’s a place where a 40-hour workweek is the norm and employees typically don’t work nights or weekends. All around there are frequent smiles and laughter. These are just a few of the remarkable characteristics that distinguish the “Culture of Joy” at Menlo Innovations. Menlo Innovations discovered that a focus on joy produces results: four consecutive Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invitations to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest in what they do and how they do it that they are doing a tour a day of their workspace. This innovative software design and development firm has perfected the open and collaborative work environment. Attend this session and learn how they have been so successful as well as ideas you can take back and use in your workplace.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 27, 2011 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

James Goebel

James is a founding partner in a product design company, Menlo Innovations, that uses highly collaborative project teams to design and implement innovative products for clients that place high value on user adoption. The team he helped build at Menlo Innovations has successfully blended an Extreme Programming development team, usability design specialists, a quality assurance practice, and formal project management. The company has moved twice to accommodate growth and maintain its open collaborative floor space. Representatives from start up companies as well as large Fortune 500 firms routinely tour Menlo's Software Factory environment to study its implementation of agile. As a coach and change agent, James has helped organizations achieve dramatic transformations in both process and culture. He enjoys speaking at conferences, teaching classes, and speaking to small local groups in order to share the lessons he has learned

Rich Sheridan

From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover boy in 2003, "outlier" Richard Sheridan has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the business value of joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one ... Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Some call it agile, some call it lean ... Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results ... business and otherwise. Four consecutive Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory.
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