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Re: IBM is having a Yahoo moment: No more working from home
Subject:Re: IBM is having a Yahoo moment: No more working from home From:Jody Zolli <jody -dot- zolli -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"Wright, Lynne" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- kronos -dot- com> Date:Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:05:20 -0500
I worked at a company recently where they renovated a complete floor of one
of the buildings to the "open space" layout and the developers/teams were
so disrupted/unhappy with it that they demanded the company put it back to
cubicles, and eventually the company acquiesced.
I agree that when using an agile development philosophy having enough
breakout rooms/areas for sprint planning and scrum meetings is critical to
success, but I don't know anyone who seemed happy in a truly open office
space. Maybe it has something to do with so many tech people being
introverts - who knows?
On Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 10:50 AM, Wright, Lynne <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- kronos -dot- com>
> More collaboration in an open work space = more distracting ambient noise
> for everyone. Its debatable whether that trade-off is worth it.
> I think the real reason companies go for open space designs are that 1) it
> reduces costs because you don't have to buy cubicle partitions and you can
> squeeze more people into the same space; 2) people can't slack off by
> surfing the internet or whatever, because anybody passing by can see what's
> up on people's monitors; 3) It looks all hip and minimalist to have long
> banks of shared worktables with no space for clutter.
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