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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Richard Sheridan & His Early Career

Sheridan started working on software programming in his school days. At the age of 13, he worked as a programmer at Chippewa Valley High School. By the late 1970s, he had earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan. He then did his master's in computer engineering from the University of Michigan...

Menlo Innovations

In June 2001, Sheridan and his colleagues set up The Menlo Software Factory and The Menlo Institute. The Menlo Software Factory was inspired by Edison's approach to flexible practices at the workplace...

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Despite Menlo developing several successful products, there were a few products that did not appeal to customers because of reasons such as difficulty in implementing the software application, etc...

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Sheridan advocated the use of project management since software development was an incremental and iterative process that required careful planning and implementation. According to Sheridan, "Project management is a key element of our ability to scale our organization to handle more projects simultaneously without having to create inordinately complicated and expensive management hierarchy." Around 15 percent of the budget set for the implementation of a particular software project was spent on project management practices at Menlo...

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