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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:20 AM
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Google your way to a wacky office

Google your way to a wacky office


By Jane Wakefield
BBC Technology reporter, BBC News website, in Zurich


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The unconventional design of the office represents what Google hopes is a free flow of information through all parts of the company.

"I was very surprised that on day one of joining Google I had access to every piece of code, design document and confidential information, said Mr Mattas.

A database of all ongoing projects allows engineers to easily locate expertise and a scheme known as 20% time offers engineers the chance to take that amount of time off from their key objectives to "go do something new".

It has proven itself, spawning features such as Google News which was built as a 20% project by an engineer frustrated about the availability of news following the 9/11 attacks.


Article and video here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7290322.stm
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