SPUG: Results of Work Space Survey
jimfl at colltech.com
Mon Nov 19 14:50:14 CST 2001
--On Monday, November 19, 2001 2:08 PM -0500 "Michael R. Wolf"
<MichaelRunningWolf at att.net> wrote:
> 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?
I think the main issue is that not all spaces are appropriate for all
types of work, and the high-tech worker generally does lots of different
kinds of work. For development type tasks, an office is great for
"research" (i.e. web surfing) and coding binges, but sucks for code
review, or smoke testing, or any collaborative sorts of tasks. Sometimes
you want to be in a room full of the people you're working with, and
you're in a mode where the NERF darts are kinda fun. Sometimes, you need
some serious isolation.
An open bullpen with tables in the center for collaborative work, and
stations along the wall has a great dynamic, and you can just shout out
questions and anyone who cares can answer or just ignore you.
I think if I desgined a work environment, there would be several levels
of oppenness. The bullpen would be the main work area, with stations
assigned to individuals, common equipment in the center. Informal
meetings off to the side of the same space, where the comfy chairs,
couches and coffee tables and several huge whiteboards are. Nobody should
think the less of you if you spend all day in the comfy chairs reading or
with a laptop, as long as you get the work done. There are offices and
closed meeting rooms, but they don't "belong" to anyone. You can check
them out for short periods, or pop into an unoccupied one for private
jimfl at colltech.com
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