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

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About Ken Judy

I am an executive manager, software developer, father and husband trying to do more good than harm. I am an agile practitioner. I say this fully aware I say nothing. Sold as a tool to solve problems, agile is more a set of principles that encourage us to confront problems. Broad adoption of the jargon has not resulted in wide embrace of these principles. I strive to create material and human good by respecting co-workers, telling truth to employers, improving my skills, and caring for the people affected by the software I help build.

8 thoughts on “Our Team Room

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

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