A few days ago, we invited representatives from a potential customer over to visit our office. They are seriously considering a transition to Agile but some of the managers had questions with regards to what an Agile work space could look like. The potential customer is a large insurance company and like most insurance companies, people working there are used to a traditional (very traditional) work space. We could see they had some reservations about the open-concept before coming for a visit.
Their visit lead me to wonder what other Agile work spaces could / should look like, so I came up with the idea of launching a friendly contest…
The “Best Agile Work Space” Contest
I invite you to email me a picture of your Agile work space (martin [at] analytical-mind.com). In the spirit of sharing best practices and getting ideas from each other, I will post your pictures and your company’s name for people to get inspired. You can also share with everyone what makes your work place the Best Agile Work Space. We’ll even ask people to vote!
Let the contest begin to determine the “Best Agile Work Space“. Tell your friends to email their pictures.
To launch the contest, here are a few pictures of our work place.
Examples of other Agile Work Spaces found on the web
Windows are often a scarce commodity and are doled out to an organization’s favored employees. One of the nice things about an open workspace is that windows are shared. Even if the view is only of our parking lot and can only be seen across three messy desks, at least I can see the window and some natural light - The Ideal Agile Workspace | Mike Cohn’s Blog – Succeeding With Agile®.
Our New Agile Workspace - Our New Agile Workspace on Flickr – Photo Sharing!.
I started to respond in his comments and then remembered that it would be better to capture our workspace on video to share with others. I am hoping other agile shops will do the same. We are always eager to see how others are doing things so we can continue to improve - Attempting to Achieve the Ideal Agile Workspace | Derek Neighbors.
Ward Cunningham among others was a big influence early on in making it happen. The patterns & practices team workspace is optimized for agile development practices. The workspace features writeable walls, configurable workspace, speaker phones, projectors, focus rooms, and a customer room - Shaping Software » Blog Archive » Microsoft patterns & practices Agile Workspace Tour.