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9302Re: Monitors Face the Middle or Face the Wall?

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  • Kevin Lewis
    Aug 2, 2000
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      --- In extremeprogramming@egroups.com, "Phlip" <phlip@p...> wrote:
      >
      > Communication.
      >
      > Humans communicate with humans first. If they'r all around a single
      huge
      > desk (per the blueprint at
      http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?AllEngineersInOneRoom ),
      > then they can instantly see, say, a furrowed brow across the room.
      This is
      > more useful than seeing the back of a head and a helplessly
      blinking
      cursor
      > across the room.

      But you don't. You may be able to see the person sitting next to
      you on your right or left, but you can't see the person sitting
      across from you unless you both move, or you are both tall enough to
      see clearly over the monitors.

      If everyone faces the walls, and the center of the room is open, you
      can turn around and say, "Hey, Pete", and Pete will turn around and
      you can have an unobstructed conversation. If Pete then needs to ask
      a question of Molly, then Molly can turn around, and you, Pete and
      Molly can all see each other and talk.

      Am I missing something, here?

      -Kevin
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