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The Management 2.0 Hackathon: Using the inspiration of the web to hack management
It seems that every day on the Web we discover a new solution to a problem. Whether it’s a new online resource that helps us manage our finances or an online community that has organized to share information and address an issue, the Web is incredibly effective and offers endless inspiration.
Why can’t management be as effective and inspiring as the Web? Or our organizations be as adaptive?
Over the last seven months, Jonathan Opp and I have had a chance to address those questions firsthand with a team of volunteer hackers through the Management 2.0 Hackathon.
The Management 2.0 Hackathon was designed to deeply explore a simple idea: How can we apply the principles of the Web—which is already adaptable, innovative, and inspiring—and use them to reinvent management for the future?
The Management 2.0 Hackathon, a joint collaborative effort by the MIX, Saba, and the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, was inspired by hacakathons in the world of software development. A management hackathon is a short, intense, coordinated effort to develop useful hacks—innovative ideas or solutions—that can be implemented by organizations to overcome barriers to progress and innovation.
For the Management 2.0 Hackathon, we wanted to discover what pathologies were holding backing Management 1.0 today, what principles of the Web could inspire Management 2.0, and where companies are already applying these principles successfully. The process would culminate in the development of management hacks, designed to be practical experiments and practices that any organization could apply today.
More than 900 progressive management practitioners and technologists from around the world joined this hands-on effort—sharing perspectives, contributing ideas, and generating hacks.
It was a massive collaborative effort that yielded some very compelling results.
We’re proud to introduce this report that showcases the efforts of these management innovators. The report was produced together with a volunteer editorial team of hackathon members. It features an overview of the process that we followed for the hackathon, as well as summaries of some of the most promising hacks. Each summary includes a link to the full hack on the MIX.
Several of these innovative hacks will be featured at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference this week in Boston.
The results summarized in this report are the product of months of hard work and intense collaboration. But the hackathon model not only produces inspiring thinking and innovative ideas, it provides the opportunity to work with leading management thinkers worldwide and establish relationships that last long after the hackathon is over. We continued to be inspired by the people we met through this process.
While this report highlights the thinking of many of the hackathon contributors, we wanted to single out the following people for special thanks:
Success of the Management 2.0 Hackathon is the result of the generous contributions of the following individuals, who each contributed to at least one of the full hacks highlighted in the report.
Josh Allan Dykstra
Jan Robert Johnsen
Laurence Lock Lee
Hackathon Report Editorial Committee
In addition to participating as hackathon contributors, the following individuals volunteered to help produce this report highlighting our work.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in the hackathon.