Are you ignoring the effect of the environment on your agile team’s productivity?

Posted on October 2nd, 2010 in Agile by siddharta || 1 Comment

Steve Freeman has an excellent post titled What are we being primed for? Quoting,

In the “Bang” experiment, they took two queues of people entering the Science Museum and placed pictures of the elderly and infirm around one queue, and the young and active around the other. The result was the same, people in the queue with the elderly images took significantly longer to walk into the building.

It’s striking that such a small thing can affect how we behave.

Now, look around your work environment and consider what it’s priming you for. Are you seeing artefacts of purpose and effectiveness? Or does it speak of regimentation and decay? Now look at your computer screen. Are you seeing an environment that emphasises productivity and quality? Or does it speak of control and ugliness?

It’s amazing that some of us get anything done at all.

A couple of years ago, I posted a presentation on the Design of Programmer Spaces. A lot of research has shown that the environment plays a significant role in the productivity of a team. Take an environment that invites collaboration and people will collaborate. Take a dull and drab environment and people will behave dull and drab.

What kind of environment is your team working in?

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