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amit
amit
Is 20 percent project still followed at Google? One where every employee is recommended to spend 80% on the official job and 20% on the project of their choice? I wonder because every time we hear about the success of this particular experiment at Google, we hear about the same old hand... amitgawande.com
ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@amit I’m fairly sure I read that they killed it at some point. I guess they can just buy all the innovative companies now.

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amit
amit

@ChrisJWilson Yeah, possibly. With the people driving the project taking the backseat, it was bound to happen.

Another possibility, now that I think about it, is productivity and efficiency of individual, and so effectiviness of the project started getting measured. That's never good for innovation/creation.

ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@amit here’s an article I found about the changes and there’s an interesting quote on the Wikipedia page of 20% time which basically says the idea (that innovations can come from anywhere) is more important than actually giving time. I suspect it’s easier to have and share those innovative ideas when you know you can work on them. I’d be really interested to hear about companies which still apply 20% time and what they have observed.

adamprocter
adamprocter

@ChrisJWilson I have not done any additional research but I think most studios etc have just become a little more free with there time so people can work on stuff together or try things out but I think this is now more under the guise that this usually has profit motive and also when you provide breakfast / lunch and dinner free at work you don’t mind if some staff do a little project together because they have stayed at work. Although I do wonder how that has panned out in the pandemic having all that food paid for at work each week is a big salary saver, did FB , LinkedIn / google sent vouchers...

ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@adamprocter I thought I had read Google (or perhaps Facebook) had stopped the free meals deal to avoid allogations of keeping employees at the office 24/7. Maybe I was wrong and certainly that doesn't matter during a pandemic where everyone is working from home.