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Your start-up company’s innovative software release proves hugely popular. To meet future demand, your little firm must scale up to twice its size. How do you find, hire and train more engineers who are as worthy and connected to your culture as your current staff? How can you ensure that your new people will fit in? High-tech start-up experts Alexander Grosse and David Loftesness answer these and other related questions to expansion. They explain what small tech start-ups must do to scale up quickly, efficiently and profitably. Their discussion focuses on five core issues that firms encounter when they grow, and not just software firms but many others as well. Those issues are: hiring, people management, organization, culture and communications. getAbstract recommends their helpful manual to leaders of technology firms, software developers, high-tech experts and all team managers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to develop a plan for scaling up,
  • Why hiring extra workers to meet the challenges of growth often creates more problems and
  • How to use five “organizational design principles” to grow effectively.
 

About the Authors

Alexander Grosse is vice-president of engineering at Issuu, a firm that specializes in digital publishing plans for companies. David Loftesness is a consultant for start-ups.

 

Summary

Scaling Up

The successful techniques that leaders use to manage small companies and teams often don’t work when the company or its teams expand too quickly. This is a common problem for high-tech start-ups, particularly those in “hyper-growth” mode – that is, trying to expand more than 50% in six to twelve months. Without a proper scale-up plan, high-tech teams trying to integrate new members may become less productive at software development or whatever their assigned tasks are than they were before their team’s rapid expansion began.


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    RAUL AURIS 2 months ago
    Wow....I love this book. <br>Its tips and info are very helpful for hiring processes. <br>This is my first book on Hiring and Management of Teams.