Richard Sheridan, the man behind Menlo Innovations, a custom software design firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has found the “business value in joy.”
In his boy, Joy, Inc: How We Built a Workplace People Love, Sheridan shares some of his joy-focused management tips including the collaborative practice of pairing:
Everyone who does project work for Menlo works in pairs. These pairs are assigned, and we switch at least every five working days. There are many benefits; some are obvious, others more subtle.
… Pairing greatly increases the opportunity to catch programming errors at the time they’re created. That’s an obvious and powerful benefit.
Creatively, we just innovate better when there’s someone to bounce ideas off of. When we’re trying to create something new and interesting, we often get stuck and stay stuck much longer than we need to. At Menlo, if I’m pairing with someone and I’m stuck, my pair partner might say, “Hey, what about this?” and voila! we’re moving forward again.