Mission: Organize the world’s’ information and make it universally accessible and useful.
2000, realized: 40% of the World’s information is sitting behind a firewall.
2002, created Google Enterprise.
Three areas of focus: Search, Geospatial, and Applications
Google has evolved with the internet.
Sergey’s Resource Allocation Rule: 70/20/10
This is the secret to innovation at Google.
70% Resource focused on core products: Search, Ads, Apps
20% Products with strong potential
10% Wild and crazy. “Go pursue it”
Everyone is encouraged to have 20% projects.
Q. How do we get our daily job done in 80% of the time? (I know GTD is one element.)
Keys to innovation
Hire smart people/culture match
Use technology to
- flatten management structure
- Eliminate solos, open communication
- keep both projects and teams small
Experiment with new ways of doing things
Generate, prize & encourage people to act on new ideas (Rewards)
International Collegiate Programming Centers around the world… Annual competitions.
Flatten Management Structure
“Snippits” (At first glance, it looks a lot like twitter to me)
It is E-Mail based. “Here’s what I did last week, here’s what I plan to do next week.
A single email summary is compiled and shared with the group. Users may sign up for other groups.
Free flow of ideas
Ideas databases. COLLECT new ideas, SHARE ideas, RATE ideas. (done by e-mail list)
E-Mail appears to be a key medium for information sharing. E-Mails contain links to web pages for actions, e.g. voting, etc.
If an idea is voted interesting, originator takes on a 10% project and begins to develop the idea – whatever it is. It may become a 20% project and then grow to be a product.
Encourage Engineers to pursue innovation
Innovation is a collaborative process
Innovation = findability + collaboration
In order to collaborate effectively, you first need to be able to find stuff.
Google Search Appliance
(Web examples of Google goodness)
Demonstration of Google Search within the enterprise and how Google enables knowledge sharing.
Looking for an expert? Query “Expert Topic” where the system will retrieve the expert on the Topic specified.
So, where are people getting the time to be able to free up 20% time? With powerful search tools that save time.
Collaboration can be painful
The Old Way: One person sends emails and collects the responses (and any attached documents) and manually merges everything. People then review the result and the process repeats.
The New way: Keep documents in the cloud and point to them instead of moving them around.
(I agree that manual collaboration can be a pain. That’s why I use Lotus Notes.).
Discussion about searching, collaboration, and security.
Discussion about how Google measures innovation, collaboration, etc.. Fascinating.
(Google measures everything.)