We are facing a great problem at work — growth. With that, comes the whole notion of space planning to house new people joining the team. And adding space and things like cubes, phones and so on do has cost. As I enter into this space planning mode, I can’t help but wonder if it would be worth the effort to look at the whole team and assess their proximity to one another while I am doing the space planning.
So, the big question is that if I am going to make a facilities investment, what would be the improvement in productivity for our Agile software engineering teams if a vast majority of them have improved proximity to one another. Right now, most people will travel to meetings on the same floor of the building. I’m thinking they miss a lot of interesting and inciteful “drive-by meetings” (as I like to call them) because they lack close proximity. So, how much is it worth? Is it worth the effort to care about it?