The Business of Agile: Managing a Startup from Conception to Inception
As the global recession drags on with high unemployment and sluggish growth in many sectors of our economy--especially for those in developed countries such as the United States, Japan and those in Europe--there has been an imperative that the one way to stay on top is to keep innovating. And the core mechanism by which these innovations will bear fruit is through start-up companies, especially in the high-tech sector.
Companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are held as exemplary examples of just the kinds of high-tech, innovative and entrepreneurial companies that went from startups in a garage to mega high-tech companies with billions in revenue and thousands of employees. The excitement and media coverage of Facebook’s IPO is the most recent example of the resurgence of innovative start-up ventures that many believe will lead the developed nations to remain economic leaders. Much of the rhetoric in the primary presidential elections is on the importance of innovative startups to create economic growth, employment and wealth.
If this will be the model of growth for those of us in the developed nations (and developing nations such as Singapore and South Korea that are also innovating)--and it is something you buy into (which I do)--then the question becomes how to leverage your skills as a project manager to take advantage of these new
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