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Maximising 10% time

Liz Pope
October 02, 2019

Maximising 10% time

Do you have 10% time in your team and think it could be more effective? Or perhaps you are having a hard time getting buy-in to introduce dedicated learning, development and innovation time? This presentation covers the benefits and challenges of having 10% time, as well as ideas on how to maximise it for individual, team and business benefit.

Presented at Redevelop on 20th September, Agile Cambridge on 2nd October and Lean Agile Scotland on 11th October

Liz Pope

October 02, 2019

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  1. Project Lounge - Every other Friday - No scheduled work

    or priorities - Not counted in sprints or planning etc
  2. Project Lounge is a day where you choose what you

    want to work on. The only parameters are that it will either support you in your development or that it will benefit the business (now or in the future)
  3. “We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects,

    to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google. This empowers them to be more creative and innovative. Many of our significant advances have happened in this manner.”
  4. • It allows me to be innovative • Project Lounge

    is a safe environment in which to try something new • I get the opportunity to develop skills relevant to my aspirations
  5. - Unsure of what to work - Hard to measure

    value - Time taken for granted - 10% isn’t enough! - Lack of understanding - Getting buy in - Keeping buy in
  6. - Stand ups (all hands) - Google doc - Slack

    - Stand ups (project teams)
  7. - End of day demos - Brown Bag - Recorded

    demos - Company intranet - Newsletter
  8. Spend time changing something that directly improves your quality of

    life: If you get asked a lot of questions throughout each day, consider writing some documentation If you're really keen to see a new feature in an internal tool or service, discuss implementing it with its owner. Look at what's coming your way in the future and think about what can be done to make it easier: If you've got work coming up for microservice ABC, it may be worth working out what it does and how it works. If you'd like to pick up new skills, find someone who's knowledgeable in that area and ask to work on something with them. Seek out new business opportunities: What if we sold XYZ differently? What can we do to reduce our Cloud $$$ monthly bill?
  9. - Load testing for microservices - Internal skills finder -

    VR & AR for product promotion - Machine learning - GPS enabled push notifications - Bucket list travel map - Centralised split testing system - Automated testing coverage tool
  10. - Reduce the barrier to entry - Common sense approach

    - Share the value - Help with ideas - Promote business benefits - Encourage collaboration - Onboard people to the concept - Be honest - Take the time to understand - Keep it fresh - Engage senior leadership - Get regular feedback