This morning I woke up to some interesting news that a couple internal company papers from Google called "Big Goals and Directions - 2006" and "Objectives and Key Results -Q3 2006 Company OKRs" were leaked. The document contains some very interesting things that are discussed in detail here.
Some of the highlights include:
- Create a universal search tool for their engineers that contains all public Google information searched on all Google searches
- Build 10MW of green power to be on track to be carbon neutral
- Reduce "Borg" disk waste" by 50% -- we're not sure what borg is, but I am guessing it is the cluster of computers that host the data used everywhere in Google
- They want the world's top AI research laboratory.
- There is a prototype for a new Google News being tested internally. This new version should allow "other news sources, organizations and individuals mentioned in the stories to debate specific points. I must say that is a very smart idea.
In addition to these points, they also get into numbers for many of their specific services as Philipp explains:
In the meantime, Marissa Mayer was responsible to ensure that any site with over 10 million page views (per day? month?) renders in a second or less 95% of the time. Other teams saw their goals outlined by terminology such as “70% user happiness” (Gmail 2.0), “host XXM photos, up from XM” (Picasa Web), “an additional XXk machines for production indexing” (index freshness), “reduce bad landing page impressions by 20%” (ads), or “Playbacks: XXM/day” (Google Video). If Google’s “release frenzy” often appears chaotic from the outside, their internal goals do look very precise and organized... and almost every goal has a number attached to it, even when it’s a seemingly fuzzy area like user happiness.