Why do I love our new space? Well, for starters…
It’s open as a mofo. The setup here is incredibly open which promotes sharing and teamwork. Having been in both closed, “officey” environments and open, collaborative environments, I can say unequivocally that if you want to have a creative atmosphere, “open” is the key. And no, I don’t have my own office, remember I swore that off?
Lots of break-out areas and scrum bars. Ok, so I didn’t know what a scrum bar was before we had them (see below). Basically there are places all over the office that you can get a few people together and work.
Screens you can plug in to everywhere. This makes for great work sessions when you can plug your laptop into a monitor and work off the same screen.
A frickin Consumer Engagement Lab. It’s sweet. This is mandatory if you’re focused on innovation (as we are). It’s a place where we have technology to get our hands into, things like game consoles (yes a PS3 and a Wii), we’ll have iPads, Android devices, etc., and we’ll have interactive TV’s (GoogleTV, AppleTV, etc.), among other things. Oh yeah, and we have a 3D TV in there too. Basically it’ll be a place for our developers to play Civilization 5.
Ping pong room. An entire room. Just for ping pong. Let it sink in.
Usability testing room. One-way glass, the whole nine yards. A must.
Most of the conference rooms have couches and stuff. No kidding, how cool is that!?
Fletch. Every office needs Fletch.