The following is from Jeff Atwood's blog:
When given the freedom to "work on whatever you want", the powers that be have to really mean it for the work to matter. Mostly that means providing employees the unfettered freedom to fail miserably at their skunkworks projects, sans repercussion or judgment. Without failure, and lots of the stuff, there can be no innovation, or true experimentation. The value of (quickly!) learning from failures and moving on is enormous.
There are two sentences I don't understand:
- the powers that be have to really mean it for the work to matter
- sans repercussion or judgment
I found that "the powers that be" seems to be a idiom.
There's another paragraph:
If there isn't a healthy respect for individual experimentation versus the neverending pursuit of the Next Thing on the collective project task list, these initiatives are destined to fail. You have to truly believe, as a company, and as peers, that crucial innovations and improvements can come from everyone at the company at any time, in bottom-up fashion – they aren't delivered from on high at scheduled release intervals in the almighty Master Plan.
The following sentence I can't understand:
- they aren't delivered from on high at scheduled release intervals in the almighty Master Plan.
Wow, studying English, there's a long way to me.