May 16, 2005

Joe Kraus has a new entry on his so-good-you-should-read-everything blog on what might be called 'rapid innovation'.
The idea is that you make a day-long event (at whatever frequency you want) where everyone works on something that is:
  • valuable to the company
  • but not what they're "supposed" to be working on and
  • that can be taken from idea to working prototype in one day

from Keeping Innovation Alive - The Hackathon

I'm not so certain that the comparison with Google's 20% rule are justified (you need to give time to the kind of projects that come out of Google Labs that influence millions of people) but it sounds like a terrific idea for smaller projects. Don't miss the results it produced for JotSpot.