Google, who is, is using the idea of an “internal intellectual free market” to predict when various internal projects will ship. The idea is by giving each individual a certain amount of google-dollers they can invest part of it in when they think certain products will be finished. Basically they are using the collective wisdom of large numbers of people in the company combined with the “weight” of how much each individual gives their estmation. The resulting investment graph is extremely close to the truth.

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