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office space: Dec 11 New Yorker article

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  • dfarber@numenor.com
    the dec 11 issue of New Yorker has an article on office space design, including the following paragraph: A more direct approach is to create an office so
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      the dec 11 issue of New Yorker has an article on office space design,
      including the following paragraph:

      "A more direct approach is to create an office so flexible that the
      kinds of people who need to spontaneously interact can actually be
      brought together. For example, the Ford Motor Company, along with a
      group of researchers from the Unversity of Michigan, recently
      conducted a pilot project on the effectiveness of "war rooms" in
      software development. Previously, someone inside the company who
      needed a new piece of software written would have a series of
      meetings with the comapny's programmers, and the client and the
      programmers would send messages back and forth. In the war-room study,
      the company moved the client, the programmers, and a manager into a
      dedicated conference room, and made them stay there until the project
      was done. Using the war room cut the software-development time by
      two-thirds, in part because there was far less time wasted on formal
      meetings or calls outside the building: the people who ought to have
      been bumping into each other were now sitting next to each other."

      the rest of the article is really more about how office design can
      spur creativity, rather than productivity; and the focus is general
      business rather than software development.

      david

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      david farber
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