With the growing popularity of collaboration tools like Slack, Hangouts, Asana, Trello, and Google Docs, location might seem less important than it used, especially for software developers, who can conjure bits and bytes anywhere on the planet.  But for many—I would guess most—agile developers, the office is still a daily reality.

And as anyone who has worked in one knows, some offices are better than others.

Everything from where you sit to who you sit with to the space where you meet can affect your productivity.

A good environment gives you a boost.

A bad one drags you down.Of course, what’s good for one style of work might be bad for another. Waterfall and agile are good examples.

As a waterfall developer you’re often 100 percent responsible for a single feature, which means you tend to be more isolated, both in terms of responsibility and space.
In one of my previous jobs, where waterfall was the rule, I might have started the week by talking to my SME and my manager, and then gone back to my cubicle and worked alone for a couple days.
I might have talked to four people the whole week.
I could have been seated in a bunker, and it would have been fine.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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