Zainab Alikhan                         Nirmal Merchant▪   Global management consulting firm, App Dev department▪   Adopted...
Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. th...
Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. th...
What is Sitting Together?▪   XP (Extreme Programming) concept▪   The whole team sits together in the same    physical spac...
Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. th...
Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. th...
Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. th...
What we looked like before
What we look like now                                 Alone                                 Time                          ...
What our department has to say..“Work gets done quicker…I save about an hour a day in a teamroom” -- Developer“It’s about ...
Start small
Make it fun
Let the “users” design their space
Let the “users” design their space
Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. th...
Smart staffing, smart travel                               l
Leverage technology to enrich communication
Sitting Together…▪ …shortens the feedback loop▪ …reduces the cost of asking questions▪ …enables “osmotic communication”▪ …...
To do it…▪ …start small▪ …make it fun▪ …let “users” collaboratively design space▪ …be conscious of adoption curve▪ …create...
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan
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As the practice of Agile matures, teams find great value in shortening feedback loops to inspect and adapt more often. However, constraints in the physical seating of teams drive the way in which they interact - team members in the same building communicate via email and meet only for “meetings”. XP advocates Sitting Together, but due to a lot of constraints organizations are unable or unwilling to adopt this. In this presentation we will share what these constraints are and how we were able to overcome them so that our teams could Sit Together.

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The story of sitting together by Nirmal Merchant and Zainab Alikhan

  1. 1. Zainab Alikhan Nirmal Merchant▪ Global management consulting firm, App Dev department▪ Adopted Agile 5+ years ago▪ 300 technologists …and growing by the day▪ Our people are in New York, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Atlanta, Waltham, Austin, Dusseldorf, Cairo, Bangalore, Chennai…
  2. 2. Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. the barriers▪ How WE made it happen.. and how YOU can▪ What about distributed teams?
  3. 3. Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. the barriers▪ How WE did it.. and how YOU can▪ What about distributed teams?
  4. 4. What is Sitting Together?▪ XP (Extreme Programming) concept▪ The whole team sits together in the same physical space The Art of Agile Development, James Shore Support the Agile Manifesto: ▪ Individuals and interactions over processes and tools ▪ Customer collaboration over contract negotiation PRODUCTIVITY = ~2X!!! How Does Radical Collocation Help a Team Succeed? Teasley, Covey, Krishnan & Olson
  5. 5. Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. the barriers▪ How WE did it.. and how YOU can▪ What about distributed teams?
  6. 6. Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. the barriers▪ How WE did it.. and how YOU can▪ What about distributed teams?
  7. 7. Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. the barriers▪ How WE did it.. and how YOU can▪ What about distributed teams?
  8. 8. What we looked like before
  9. 9. What we look like now Alone Time Alone Time Alone TimeAloneTime Alone Alone Time Time
  10. 10. What our department has to say..“Work gets done quicker…I save about an hour a day in a teamroom” -- Developer“It’s about the people…sharing and growing is what makes itawesome” -- UX Designer“Energy and creativity much higher…team rooms like a placewhere there is action” -- Management“I walk into a team room & everyone needed to answer aquestion is there.. issues resolved much quicker” -- Architect“It’s funny…privacy just seems less of an issue now. I can havemost personal conversations in front of my team members,they know me better and I trust them.” -- Developer
  11. 11. Start small
  12. 12. Make it fun
  13. 13. Let the “users” design their space
  14. 14. Let the “users” design their space
  15. 15. Today we’re going to talk about..▪ What is “Sitting Together”▪ Why should we Sit Together?▪ Why we DON’T Sit Together.. the barriers▪ How WE did it.. and how YOU can▪ What about distributed teams?
  16. 16. Smart staffing, smart travel l
  17. 17. Leverage technology to enrich communication
  18. 18. Sitting Together…▪ …shortens the feedback loop▪ …reduces the cost of asking questions▪ …enables “osmotic communication”▪ …creates focus▪ …promotes innovation▪ …builds relationships and trust
  19. 19. To do it…▪ …start small▪ …make it fun▪ …let “users” collaboratively design space▪ …be conscious of adoption curve▪ …create a multi-dimensional solution▪ …lead by example

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