The 4+1 model (aka 20% time) is somewhat vague and not many are familiar with how it works. We love the model and we never get bored of explaining it.
We have already spoken about the model on several occasions, however, we will try ones again to explain it. In a nutshell, 4+1 model means that we have one day per week to learn anything that interests us. In addition to our regular projects, we have dedicated time and freedom to work on a side project.
And what can be a side project? Well, it varies depending on our interests but we are fine with whatever it is as long it is relevant to the field you are in. We can use the time to explore anything we wish, which would maybe never be possible if we only worked on a regular project 5 days a week.
There are a lot of reasons why we, as a company, think this model is important – innovation is essential to us and to stay up-to-date with the latest changes in the tech world is our imperative. In order to fulfil our passion for tech topics and stay competent in the field, we have implemented this model which became our dearest one.
What this model means to us and how do we use it, read in the text below:
It can be a great gateway from the project you work on on a daily bases. Playing with something non-project related is fun and relaxing. You choose what you want to learn, usually some things you would never encounter otherwise.
I had a chance to play with IoT, AI, cross-platform mobile and I see no limits when it comes to the potential topics to discover.
The 4+1 model awakes the passion I had as a kid toward programing and it allows me to play with whatever is interesting to me at the moment.Marko Cicak, IT consultant
“If your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail”. And my extension to this quote would be not to use a hammer for everything rather explore and adapt because everything moves so fast.Jovica Zoric, IT consultant
You have time dedicated to your personal and professional development, during which you can satisfy different fields of your interests. It is amazing how powerful this model is for innovation.Marija Gobovic, Product owner
20% time allowed me to start learning Kotlin at the time, which later led to the founding of Kotlin User Group Serbia.Nebojsa Vuksic, IT consultant
As you can tell by now, we love to learn! There are a lot of initiatives that have been created by our colleagues during 20% time that you could potentially join. And just to name a few, we have blockcentric, PLC4X, IoT, AR/VR, codecentric AI, Chaos Engineering and many more. Let us know what would be your side project if you had the 4+1 model?