Menlo Innovations: A New Approach to Workplace & Project Management

            
 
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Case Code : OPER069
Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 2001-2008
Organization : Menlo Innovations
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : USA
Industry : Computers, IT and ITeS

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Adopting a 'Flexible' Approach

Inspired by Edison's Invention Factory, Sheridan adopted a similar approach at Menlo and there were no cubicles, walls, or doors in the office.

It was an open style brick and beam office which resembled a workshop rather than a corporate office. The employees were not even assigned personal computers to work on.

Neither did they work in isolation. They worked in pairs for a particular project and were then reorganized into different teams the next week. This ensured that all the employees worked on a project at one time or another...

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Results

As of 2007, Menlo had achieved revenues of US$ 2.7 million. In 2008, it made it to the Inc 5000 list with a three year growth (2005-2007) of 72.3 percent. It was also a finalist in the Top Small Workplaces.

Analysts felt that though Menlo did not do too well on the growth front, it had excelled in other areas such as putting together a vibrant and cohesive organizational culture and engaging employees through effective team building initiatives. It had also demonstrated its ability to retain talent...

Exhibits

Exhibit I: Thomas Edison's Invention Factory and Menlo Software Factory

Exhibit II: Menlo's Extreme Interviewing Technique

Exhibit III: Agile Project Management

Exhibit IV: Sample Story Card Used at Menlo


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