Among the things mentioned yesterday in my post "What Do Engineers Want?" were lack of hierarchy and autonomy, but to be held responsible for the things they deliver.
Google not only allows workers to spend 20 percent of their time building extra products, but also allows them to form their own companies within the company, reports Business Insider. It says:
Google sets them up in a satellite office to work on their own project and provides some basic services, but the units don't really have to report to anybody for about two years.
At the grand opening of its Seattle engineering office Tuesday, Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus talked about how the entrepreneurial spirit is central to that company's success. GeekWire quotes him, saying:
... we are a confederation of entrepreneurs and CEOs, and that is what our culture is all about. The only way we have been able to grow this fast has been by recruiting people who really want a clear mission, they want to own a product and they want to have clear goals for their products, and they want to be left alone or helped to be successful. We are a very decentralized company with that kind of structure.
The company of about 1,500 reportedly expects to double its work force this year.