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We have a rare opportunity at Aconex in the coming months to create a
work environment to support our Scrum and Kanban teams by fitting out
a warehouse floor in an old building in Melbourne. Suprisingly, there
is not a lot of information out there on layouts that best suit agile
teams and there seems to be conflicting advice around balancing
communication and allowing programmers to focus without distractions.
So far I'm thinking tables on casters to allow teams to arrange as
they see fit, power and network cables coming down from ceiling trays
so that desk locations are not restricted, moveable partitions with
mounted white boards and pin boards. No walls, there is heaps of room
for the 70 staff. I'm not sure about lighting, the idea of desk lamps
for everyone (there is not a huge amount of natural light) rather that
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These function as an opportunity for people to circulate information
"naturally" between teams and should be positioned in such a way that
all employees are equally likely to use them. So avoid having multiple
places which are frequented preferentially by some people.
Martin Fowler has a recent article on his view at:
What struck me was his discussion about central layout vs. Upod
A fellow coach was unconvinced that the Upod was a good layout for
collaboration, but I think it may be a good one especially in your
Good luck and have fun with it.