Slack by Tom De Marco

Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork and the Myth of Total Efficiency 

This book was recommended to me on Twitter but unfortunately I couldn’t remember his name to say thank you because it is an amazing book.

I would like to show the Amazon review so you will have an idea for what you should buy this book.

Amazon.com Review

Another entry in the small but growing management library that suggests purposely slowing down and smelling the roses could actually boost productivity in today’s 24/7 world, Tom DeMarco’s Slack stands out because it is aimed at “the infernal busyness of the modern workplace.” DeMarco writes, “Organizations sometimes become obsessed with efficiency and make themselves so busy that responsiveness and net effectiveness suffer.” By intentionally creating downtime, or “slack,” management will find a much-needed opportunity to build a “capacity to change” into an otherwise strained enterprise that will help companies respond more successfully to constantly evolving conditions. Focusing specifically on knowledge workers and the environment in which they toil, DeMarco addresses the corporate stress that results from going full-tilt, and offers remedies he thinks will foster growth instead of stagnation. Slack, he contends, is just the thing to nurture the out-of-box thinking required in the 21st century, and within these pages, he makes a strong case for it. —Howard Rothman

First of all, I would like to introduce the definition or one of them about Slack.

What is slack ? Slack is the degree of freedom in a company that allows it to change. It could be something as simple as adding an assistant to a department, or letting high-priced talent spend less time at the photocopier and more time making key decisions. Slack could also appear in the way a company treats employees: Instead of loading them up with overwork, a company designed with slack allows its people room to breathe, increase effectiveness, and reinvent themselves.

There are some companies such as Spotify which gives free time to their employees to create their own products, it doesn’t matter what kind of products. Obviously, all of them have to be related with one of the company’s products.

This is a good example of Slack but what happens in the majority of the company? They said “There is not time to learn” so the logical consequence is they have never innovated until there is a new product into the market that gain many of their clients!!!

To sum it up, if in your company managers won’t realise about the value of Slack, buy them one copy of this book!!!

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Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile. Why? I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible to implement it. Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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