April 30, 2006
So, the NewJob(tm) starts on Monday. One of the first tasks: turn a crusty old lab into a functional, fun & stylish collaborative workspace. It'll be the mainworking area for a bunch of quality engineers (from usability/functional QA through low-level & performance engineers). I have some budget, and a lot of leeway. Anyone have ideas? Books they'd recommend? Websites full of interesting info on open workspaces? Spill!
Posted by shock at April 30, 2006 08:19 AM
Do the bare minimum to outfit the space and then ask the people who are going to be working there what they want.
And make sure they get pastries weekly.
Go old-school Apple on them and keep a cabinet and fridge stocked with munchies and drinks. Nothing satisfies a geek more than thinking they are getting something for free.
You can even make the existance of said hoarde public knowledge, which will drag the engineers into the lab (increasing engineer/tester interaction).
I assume this is the usual lifeless, windowless lab? Add lights that aren't fluorescent. Budget for some pictures/posters of the outdoors.
I'll mull this further and see what else comes to mind.
No advice, but lots of good wishes for you.
I agree with Browse that non-fluorescent lighting would be excellent, if possible.
One random tidbit from my last time working in an open area -- make sure there's some way folks can make phone calls from an office or something like that. Working around lots of fun people can be great until your parents call and you don't have any other place to go talk to them. :)
Oh, and a refrigerator stocked with drinks would rock. So would pastries.