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Management 2.0 Hackathon: Innovative mini hacks from our contributors
The hackathon is a hands-on, collaborative effort focused on generating fresh and practical answers to one of today's critical challenges: creating organizations that are fit for the 21st century. Our work is deeply inspired by the Web—one of the most adaptable, innovative, and inspiring things humans have ever created.
In our latest hackathon sprint, which ended a few days ago, the group generated more than 65 "mini hacks." A mini hack is essentially the beginnings of a hack like those that you see here on the MIX. Our goal for this sprint was to generate as many innovative hack ideas as we could quickly. Then we'd each review the full list of contributions and choose which of them we wanted to collaboratively develop into full, "shovel-ready" hacks that could be added to the MIX and eventually implemented within real organizations (if you'd like to learn more about what makes a great management hack, consider reading Polly LaBarre's post on the subject here).
This is a perfect moment to dive into the hackathon if you haven't participated thus far. So I thought I'd share some of the most powerful mini-hacks from our contributors here. If these descriptions inspire you, click on the links below, join the hackathon, and help us develop these hacks. We'd love to have you on the team!
In the openness category, one of most compelling mini hacks is Alberto Blanco's Open Up Clip By Clip. Alberto suggests that the path to full openness could begin small, by opening up processes as mundane as buying office supplies. Later, once you've seen success opening up the routine stuff, you can tackle the bigger, scarier projects. Starting by making small, practical changes is a key concept behind many of the most successful management hacks I've seen.
Another simple and very popular idea is Vlatka Hlupic's
In the collaboration group, Dina Grasko suggested the idea of for collaboration, where junior employees who don't feel comfortable sharing ideas that might contradict their seniors can safely work and innovate anonymously. While I see the allure and potential of the freedom to collaborate anonymously, I've also seen that anonymity often leads to a lack of accountability, so it will be interesting to see how this group tackles that challenge.
David Mason's mini hack David is no stranger to radical collaboration experiments—he's spent a good part of his career working in the open source world, first at Red Hat and now at Mozilla, so this group will likely be testing some new and innovative waters.
In the Trust group, Vegard Iglebaek slipped in a last-minute mini hack called
Ben Willis, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Saba, suggested a mini hack entitled
. He tells the story of memo-list at Red Hat (which was featured previously on the MIX here), an open feedback channel where any employee can voice their opinion on company decisions. What would a hack look like that set the ground rules for how other companies would design and implement such a feedback mechanism? Well, this hacking team is going to show us.
mini hack could result in meaningful and empowering conversations between employees and managers that uncover each side's perceptions of where autonomy is high or low and then provide a safe environment for conversations about it.
shares the strengths of Alberto Blanco's Open Up Clip By Clip mini hack in the openness group—it creates a low-risk entry point for exploring and experimenting with increased autonomy, even in traditional organizations.
Experimentation & Serendipity
The MIX's Michele Zanini suggested a mini hack entitled Cool! Some of the most innovative hacks come when concepts with proven success in one field are applied to another.
Another interesting contribution from this group is Angela Hey's
Do any of these hacks sound interesting to you? Want to join the Management 2.0 Hackathon?
Author's Note: In this post, there are links that take you to a login in page for the Management 2.0 Hackathon. If you don't yet have an account, please consider creating one—it only takes a minute, and you'll not only be able to access the links and information mentioned above, but you can also begin participating in the Management 2.0 Hackathon yourself. It's open to anyone, and we'd love to have you join us!