In recent years, the technology office has undergone two parallel, divergent trends.
On the one hand, the decentralized, mosty-remote team, connected by phone, web conferencing and instant-messaging applications, has gained respectabilty. For two of the past three years, I’ve worked nearly 100% from home, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. With the right team, it’s an incredibly productive way of doing business.
The other extreme is the current officing fad the co-located team. Forget about offices; don’t even think about cubicles (themselves seen as a Metropolis-level destruction of individuality 30 years ago. Not only are cubes being replaced by tables, and the dividers between tables tossed, but the idea of assigned seats, with personal space of any kind for storage, is out the window. The newest management fad is a bunch of tables, assigned to a design or development team, with chairs first-come, first serve; just grab an open seat and open your laptop – after you’ve found somewhere to stash your coat.
WIth that in mind, it’s probably utterly fitting that someone’s developed this.