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207Re: [scrumdevelopment] Re: Splinter Department

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  • Paul
    Feb 6, 2002
      I love 3M's 15% idea. It's a win-win for everyone!

      -- Paul

      --- mpoppendieck <mary@...> wrote:
      > --- In scrumdevelopment@y..., "Mike Beedle"
      > <beedlem@e...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Interesting. Now we really have the full
      > spectrum:
      > >
      > > 1) integrated (within the Scrum team)
      > > 2) loosely coupled but same team (sabbatical)
      > > 3) splinter team
      > >
      >
      > I can offer one more option.
      >
      > 3M has it's famous 15% rule. This rule says that
      > anyone can charge
      > up to 15% of their time to a 'shush fund' and use it
      > to explore new
      > ideas. In practice, it is frequently used, because
      > it allows anyone
      > with a great idea to get others to help them out,
      > with no approval
      > necessary.
      >
      > Say you are working on a cool new idea, both in your
      > 15% time and
      > even in your spare time. But you need help. You
      > can go up to
      > anyone else and ask them to help you out. If they
      > think your idea
      > is cool, they will spend their 15% time on it. Both
      > of you are
      > still doing your regular jobs, but are exploring
      > this side idea
      > also.
      >
      > Because using the 15% time is strongly encouraged,
      > it is easy to put
      > together quite a team to work on splinter ideas,
      > even as they are
      > all working on normal projects. There is virtually
      > no oversight and
      > no accountability for the cool new idea. Any lab
      > equipment
      > (computers for instance) and a minor amount of
      > material is avaiable
      > at no cost. This continues until the assembled team
      > decides to ask
      > for more resources than they can scrape together in
      > the 15% time.
      > By that time, enough risk has been removed from the
      > idea that it can
      > get legitimate funding.
      >
      >


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