SPUG: Results of Work Space Survey

Bill Campbell bill at celestial.com
Mon Nov 19 13:24:25 CST 2001

On Mon, Nov 19, 2001 at 02:08:36PM -0500, Michael R. Wolf wrote:
>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.

The best office I had for spreading out was when I was D.P.  Manager for a
Navy contractor back in Silver Spring, Md.  My office had a normal desk
with two 6ft work tables on either side, and two 6 ft work tables behind
me.  In those days, everything was done on 11x14 continuous forms with
punch cards for input so it was very nice to be able to spread paper all
over the place.  It's amazing how much paper you can spew from a 1,000 LPM
printer on a main frame (and more so when I missed a period in a COBOL
page-end routine that sent continuous form feeds to the printer :-).

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