Wednesday, 9 July 2008

20% time - an experiment (with some results)

A company called Atlassian have been experimenting with allowing their engineers 20% of their time to work on free or non-core projects (a la Google). They said:
You see, while everyone knows about Google's 20% time and we've heard about all the neat products born from it (Google News, GMail etc) - we've found it extremely difficult to get any hard facts about how it actually works in practice.
So they started with a list of questions they wanted to answer through their experiment, and they've been blogging about it at It makes for interesting reading, and it's great to see some real evidence starting to emerge.

Hat tip: Tech-Ed Collisions.

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