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The 20 percent rule

The 20 percent rule

Google has a program that allows engineers to spend 20% of their time working on whatever they want. In reality, 20% time is more like 120% time, since it often occurs on nights and weekends.

This program is great because:

  • People get the chance to work on stuff they aren't supposed to work on
  • People usually try new things, outside of what they do on a day-to-day basis, and so they learn new things and skills
  • Even if this program rarely spawns great products, it always fosters creativity and yields smarter people


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