VersionOne has a constantly evolving floor plan as the company continues to grow but at core in the design has been the balance between privacy/focus and collaboration. In general this means nearly everyone works in open areas but there are many private rooms available for phone calls or other times when privacy is required. A key point made by the company in the space plan is the theme of collaborative by design not as result of cost cutting. Too often development teams get migrated out of offices and into cubes from a perspective of cost not because it will be better for the developers. (A common subject for many Dilbert comics). With Open Space as opposed to Cubicles they feel you actually end up with a feeling that you have more sq feet per person. A key comment is:
The costs associated with task-switching are higher in an open environment but you’re also much more connected to the “vibe” of what’s going on. And, I find you’re more aware of what’s going on in the larger organization by having more conversation with people as they pass by – it’s not just the people you’re sitting next to.
Here is a view looking from the second story down to the primary developer area. Note the CTO is at the desk in the upper right corner. While the space was very open, it was very quiet and there is great natural light. This area opens out onto a patio for summer bbqs.
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