The idea is you could ask your employees to work on the company for 80% of their time, and the other 20% of the time they could work on whatever they want.
If they are passionate about something, they could work on it as their 20% project. At Google, many of the features started as projects turned into core features. Part of the management job was to listen for those 20% project ideas and then aggregate them.
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No product scales before it works.
I have also noticed the greatest products are typically designed for the benefit of the people who are building them.
In Uber’s case, the original product was a private car sharing for a small set of people. Google was built for S...
One major complaint is the teams who are doing the work with the products you see are far larger than they should be.
This is a failure of architecture — when you have this many programmers programming, it means they don’t have the right libraries, aka the problem hasn...
I don’t agree that you should narrow your focus, you get the best outcome when you get the broadest appeal. (...) I’d be careful to conclude to just do a small thing. All success stems from doing one thing very well — then moving broader.
When Eric Schmidt joined Google, they were at 150 employees. In some periods (2004–2005), he had tripled their employees; this is classic Blitzscaling.
The approach: It’s easy to double every year — you can imagine adding a person to each team, adding ...
An example of when not to scale was Google Wave. It was launched to great fanfare and a base of passionate users. The difficult part is you can’t tell if something is successful until 6 months after the initial wave of excitement.
Great products have this big fanfare, b...
There is a way to systematically hire people better than anyone else. Bob Taylor (founder of ARPANET) said to “sell the dream.”
Here is his approach:
2 people can go off and change the world. Every successful project I have worked on within Google over the past 40 years has started off with 2 people working on an idea together.
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... instead of task management.
Task management is more effective than time management because these tasks come with clear limits which make them easier to manage. You know when you’ve started work on a project -- and you know when you’ve completed the job. It’s o...
Time management is more than just completing tasks on time. An employer cares about how you spend the time leading up to a deadline as well.
Demonstrate your strength in this area by sharing how you prioritize your daily tasks.
Using the 80/20 rule for project prioritization can show...
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