Our Team Room

XP Team Room by kjudy

Things we did right:

  • laptops
  • table with two tier top so laptops can sit under the surface
  • dual monitor setups
  • build bunny
  • video projector at center of table
  • room for product owner and scrum master at ends
  • big whiteboards
  • big corkboard
  • wall space for bulletin board sized post its
  • team picked colors
  • space invaders
  • poster board sign for ript
  • webcam
  • purell, handwipes, tissues, and hand lotion

Things we could have done better:

  • private space in the corners
  • better way to leave phone messages for team
  • more webcams/better video conferencing
  • kept killing plants
  • needed a cleaning person
  • better HVAC

XP Team Room by kjudy


Comment from >KenNo Gravatar
Time: November 26, 2007, 11:35 am

It was on the todo list. Before Bob got his sweet job at RG/A.

Comment from >Luke MeliaNo Gravatar
Time: November 26, 2007, 11:28 am

We also should have done posters for our other products.

Comment from Jim
Time: November 30, 2007, 1:16 pm

I’m surprised by the choice to go with notebooks. In what ways was that good? We typically find the performance unacceptable, primarily because of disk access during builds so I’m wondering what the advantages are beyond portability.

Comment from >KenNo Gravatar
Time: December 2, 2007, 10:40 am

Desktop replacements definitely have a price/performance hit. We used the fastest drives we could get at any particular time. We pair with pair switching mid-day. We also frequently remote. You can also tell from the photos that we’re space constrained (offices in Chelsea in Manhattan). Of course, our continuous integration server was centralized and hosted in a data center so the team was almost always doing partial builds on their machines. Finally, despite whatever performance hit, the developers didn’t raise laptop performance or build time as an impediment. So in our particular circumstances it worked.

Comment from Andy
Time: June 26, 2008, 3:50 pm

Hi – where did you get the desk from?

Comment from >KenNo Gravatar
Time: June 28, 2008, 1:35 pm

We had it special made from a design by one of our team. Decadent but fun. The table was really designed for pc laptops, large dual monitors with docks. As the team grew and we had more variation in heights and contemplated a move to macs it became less optimal. Still, a great table. The team has all moved on. Don’t know what NBC/Universal is doing with it now…

Comment from bob
Time: June 15, 2010, 10:33 am

Looks like huge crowded walk-in to me.

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