Any research around team spaces?

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ErikG

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Oct 19, 2010, 11:59:23 AM10/19/10
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I'm looking for data to guide green field creation of work spaces for
Scrum teams. Any pointers? Thanks!

Mark Levison

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Oct 19, 2010, 12:14:04 PM10/19/10
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I've got an article coming for InfoQ.com - I would guess its at least 6 weeks out.

There was also a thread on this mailing list a few months ago, which I send you directly.

Cheers
Mark Levison

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Jan Beaver

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Oct 19, 2010, 12:21:51 PM10/19/10
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Also take a look at Chapter 3 in Alistair Cockburn's classic Agile Software Development (2002). There's a lot of timeless information there.

Cheers,
Jan Beaver, PhD, CSP

David J Bland

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Oct 19, 2010, 12:20:38 PM10/19/10
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At a recent DC APLN session we had a speaker, Richard Cheung, give a
presentation on Agile Office Spaces.

I am unable to find his slides anywhere, but you could reach out to
him directly over at http://www.onemoreagileblog.com/

-David

On Oct 19, 12:14 pm, Mark Levison <m...@mlevison.com> wrote:
> I've got an article coming for InfoQ.com - I would guess its at least 6
> weeks out.
>
> There was also a thread on this mailing list a few months ago, which I send
> you directly.
>
> Cheers
> Mark Levison
>
> On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 11:59 AM, ErikG <steeple...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm looking for data to guide green field creation of work spaces for
> > Scrum teams. Any pointers?  Thanks!
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Mark Levison

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Oct 19, 2010, 12:56:53 PM10/19/10
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Wow google groups is far worse that Yahoo at helping you find links, try: http://groups.google.com/group/scrumalliance/browse_thread/thread/4e4f7a7ea1fa4517/f70389b8dce2024e?hl=en&lnk=gst&q=chatz#f70389b8dce2024e

and if the link doesn't work search for a person who uses the nickname: Chatz 

Good luck and have fun
Mark

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George Dinwiddie

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Erik,

On 10/19/10 11:59 AM, ErikG wrote:
> I'm looking for data to guide green field creation of work spaces for
> Scrum teams. Any pointers? Thanks!

See http://xp123.com/xplor/room-gallery/index.shtml and
http://www.scissor.com/resources/teamroom/ Also grep the web for the
"Caves and Commons" pattern.

- George

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Mark Levison

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Oct 19, 2010, 2:47:45 PM10/19/10
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One last thought take a leaf from Stewart Brand and his book "How Buildings Learn"
- fix the things that a building forces on you: walls, windows
- build in flexibility/options to reconfigure on the rest i.e. an environment where walls, desks can be moved later.

That way whatever space you create is just one of an ongoing series of experiments. Inspect and Adapt.

Finally human beings thrive on daylight (which is why I'm so happy in a basement office)

Cheers
Mark

George Dinwiddie

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On 10/19/10 2:47 PM, Mark Levison wrote:
> One last thought take a leaf from Stewart Brand and his book "How
> Buildings Learn"

Christopher Alexander's "A Pattern Language" might be useful, too.

Mark Levison

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On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM, George Dinwiddie <li...@idiacomputing.com> wrote:
On 10/19/10 2:47 PM, Mark Levison wrote:
One last thought take a leaf from Stewart Brand and his book "How
Buildings Learn"

Christopher Alexander's "A Pattern Language" might be useful, too.

Yes and its heavy enough to brandish as a weapon if people don't like the space created.

I assume that you will be involving the participants in designing this space? 

Cheers
Mark

David J Bland

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Oct 19, 2010, 3:23:24 PM10/19/10
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I also highly recommend joining the Coworking Google Group for
inspiration with regards to collaborative spaces.

-David

On Oct 19, 3:14 pm, Mark Levison <m...@mlevison.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM, George Dinwiddie
> <li...@idiacomputing.com>wrote:
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> > On 10/19/10 2:47 PM, Mark Levison wrote:
>
> >> One last thought take a leaf from Stewart Brand and his book "How
> >> Buildings Learn"
>
> > Christopher Alexander's "A Pattern Language" might be useful, too.
>
> Yes and its heavy enough to brandish as a weapon if people don't like the
> space created.
>
> I assume that you will be involving the participants in designing this
> space?
>
> Cheers
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Xavier Quesada Allue

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Hi Erik,

If it's totally green field, I have one advice (which I hope I will be able to blog about with pictures one day):

The ideal agile office has modular magnetic whiteboard walls. Meaning: all walls are moveable, magnetic and whiteboard.

Regards,
Xavier

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Yves Hanoulle

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also check out:

Rachel Davies also did a great session about this at XPDay Londen a few years ago

What I would do now is to have a session with the team to ask them to design their worst environment 
(giving them lot's of props to really create it.)
Do this with as much people in the company that are involved in groups of 3 or 4 (mix people so they are in a group with different roles.) 
Then let each group talk about their design.

After that let them design their best environment.
And let them share their design again.






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Margaret

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ErikG

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Thanks for the great resources, everyone. Seems predominantly
anecdotal, but very inspiring.

I'm just coming off a missed opportunity to create truly great spaces
as we move most of our Engineering org to a new building and I want to
be prepared to take full advantage of the next building move, which is
on the horizon for the branch office (where I'm located) as we
continue to hire like gangbusters.

Thanks again!


Erik



On Oct 20, 9:08 am, Margaret <mota...@efi.com> wrote:
> Here are a few more links
>
> http://agilefocus.com/2010/02/15/9-signs-of-bad-team-spaces
> See page 21http://www.scrumsense.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/DoBetterScrum-v2...
> Notice the layouthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1RqhRcPJZ0
> accessories!http://www.infoq.com/articles/agile-team-room-wishlistwww.scrumalliance.org/resource_download/41http://www.infoq.com/news/collaborative-team-space-studyhttp://agilecoach.typepad.com/agile-coaching/2010/05/building-an-agil...http://blog.mountaingoatsoftware.com/the-ideal-agile-workspacehttp://blog.agilegamedevelopment.com/2008_11_01_archive.html
>
> Margaret

Michael James

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Kane Mar

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Hi MJ,

On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 8:31 AM, Michael James <m...@collab.net> wrote:
Here's one I'm not sure was mentioned in the thread already:
http://www.crew.umich.edu/Technical%20reports/Teasley_Covi_Krishnan_Olson_radical_collocation_12_20_00.pdf

Very interesting paper. Unlike much of the other material presented in this thread which is anecdotal (and there's nothing wrong with that, IMHO) this paper is academically rigorous which some prefer. The results are interesting due to the large improvement in productivity reported ... 

"In simple terms, the pilot teams produced double the number of function points per staff month from the previous baseline for the company. The time to market (cycle time) dropped to almost 1/3 as compared to the company baseline, and even lower than that produced by the industry as a whole." 

In my experience, many academic papers err on the side of caution and hence are very conservative. To read such dramatic results leads me to believe that the authors found a significant difference when the teams were collocated. This is nothing new to the agile community but it's nice to have this re-affirmed by other communities.

Thanks for bring this paper to our attention.
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ErikG

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Oct 25, 2010, 11:52:51 PM10/25/10
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This is good reading, thanks. It provides some of the scientific
foundation I expect I will need to move certain key stakeholders when
the time comes.


Erik


On Oct 24, 3:31 pm, Michael James <m...@collab.net> wrote:
> Here's one I'm not sure was mentioned in the thread already:http://www.crew.umich.edu/Technical%20reports/Teasley_Covi_Krishnan_O...
>
> --mjhttp://ScrumReferenceCard.com
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> On Oct 24, 2010, at 11:52 AM, ErikG wrote:
>
>
>
> > Thanks for the great resources, everyone. Seems predominantly
> > anecdotal, but very inspiring.
>
> > I'm just coming off a missed opportunity to create truly great spaces
> > as we move most of our Engineering org to a new building and I want to
> > be prepared to take full advantage of the next building move, which is
> > on the horizon for the branch office (where I'm located) as we
> > continue to hire like gangbusters.
>
> > Thanks again!
>
> > Erik
>
> > On Oct 20, 9:08 am, Margaret <mota...@efi.com> wrote:
> >> Here are a few more links
>
> >>http://agilefocus.com/2010/02/15/9-signs-of-bad-team-spaces
> >> See page 21http://www.scrumsense.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/DoBetterScrum-v2...
> >> Notice the layouthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1RqhRcPJZ0
>
> >>http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/briankel/A-peek-inside-the-pnp-Team-Room/
> >> video walkthru… wall to wall white boards, fun
>
> >>http://www.agileadvice.com/archives/2006/12/8_team_room_tip.html
> >> important basicshttp://www.agileadvice.com/archives/2005/08/optimizing_a_te.html
> >> accessories!http://www.infoq.com/articles/agile-team-room-wishlistwww.scrumallian...
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