SPUG: Results of Work Space Survey

Michael R. Wolf MichaelRunningWolf at att.net
Mon Nov 19 13:08:36 CST 2001

Thanks for the summary!

>  3. Private office                             24%
>  4. Shared office                              15%

Interesting to know that 40% of folks can still close a door on whoever's
not in their office.  That's not been *my* _recent_ experience, so it's good
to hear that quite concentration time is still valued (as shown by the
increased cost of offices) in the IT market place.

I seem to remember that Demarco & Lister (in "Peopleware") suggested about
150 square feet for folks.  That resonated with me.  I bought a huge desk
(by todays standards) just so I could spread out all my paper (specs,
references, scrap paper, notes) to help me move toward the "paperless" world
in my computer.  I use white boards, stickeys, colored markers, and lots of
other visuals to help solve a problem.  A standard desk doesn't let me work.
I get into a "thrashing" problem where I spend more time reshuffling my
papers than I do putting work into the code.

Any thoughts on that front?

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