Earlier this month a Wall Street Journal article profiled several families who are borrowing business models to optimize their households. If the idea of domestic CEO squicks you out a little then you are not alone, but the families in question have implemented a particular planning approach known as agile development. The agile method rejects top-down management in favor of flexibility, iterative processes, and ongoing communication.
The WSJ essay was adapted from Bruce Feiler's book, The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More, out tomorrow. The families profiled by Feiler rely on prioritizing, setting measurable goals, and ongoing reassessment, all reviewed in short regularly scheduled meetings. The agile way strives towards empowerment and accountability, and these families are reporting reduced stress, increased happiness, and kids who handle their responsibilities willingly and enthusiastically.
Do you see yourself borrowing a page from the business world?