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How the Invention of Scotch Tape Led to a Revolution in How Companies Managed Employees

How the Invention of Scotch Tape Led to a Revolution in How Companies Managed Employees

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  • Great Smithsonian research on the origins of 3M’s scotch tape, whose invention stimulated the corporate policy to give employees free time to experiment on passion projects. The 15% rule I thought was Google’s brainchild, but its origins trace back to the 3M in the thirties. Great fact in the story—Every

    Great Smithsonian research on the origins of 3M’s scotch tape, whose invention stimulated the corporate policy to give employees free time to experiment on passion projects. The 15% rule I thought was Google’s brainchild, but its origins trace back to the 3M in the thirties. Great fact in the story—Every year 3M, sells enough scotch tape to circle Earth 165 times.

  • "McKnight came to understand that letting researchers experiment freely could lead to innovation. He developed a policy known as the 15 percent rule, which allows engineers to spend 15 percent of their work hours on passion projects."

    This philosophy is finally coming back lately with DevOps in software

    "McKnight came to understand that letting researchers experiment freely could lead to innovation. He developed a policy known as the 15 percent rule, which allows engineers to spend 15 percent of their work hours on passion projects."

    This philosophy is finally coming back lately with DevOps in software development, and agile in general, with experimentation encouraged as the quickest way to improve the pipeline process, reduce cycle times, and also with model building, prototyping and similar maker-spaces, bike-shops and garage labs for hardware and systems development. One day you're experimenting in the maker-space and before you know it, you're bringing your gear to Cape Canaveral or Vandenburg and setting up on Launch Pad 1. "Final regression checks completed nominal overnight, Payload Engineering is Go for launch, we are Go!"

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