20% Time: The Blog   Leave a comment

This week on Scott Berkun‘s pmclinic mailing list we’ve been discussing pet projects, developers, management, and Google’s well-publicized and usually misunderstood “20% time” theory: people spend 80% of their time doing “real work”, and 20% of their time working on “pet projects”.  In practice, there’s a lot more to it than that one sentence (and it’s not new, 3M did this before Google).

Here’s a company that’s actually not only adopting the idea, they’re blogging about it.

I think there are lots of ways to motivate people, and this is an interesting but not universally applicable idea… but I have to admit, Atlassian deserves some major credit for not only engaging in a thorough look at the idea (at a pretty large cost to themselves, they estimate $1,000,000 is the price tag), but putting the consequences, results, and trials and tribulations out there for anybody to read.  Open Source Management, how cool is that?


Posted March 13, 2008 by padraic2112 in management, tech, work

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