Joel was right:
We need to back to offices
Joel was right:
Motivation too like paying them bigger salary.
A nice chair and a nice office can be used as a perk to hide the low pay.
Not gonna happen because:
1. Bean-counters will look at the cost per square foot of office space, ignoring the fact that space is a negligible cost compared to salary.
2. It reminds the software worker that they are a peon, albeit a highly paid peon.
3. Poor management thinks it's easy to manage people if you can see them all the time.
4. Management is generally incapable of evaluating performance anyway, so they won't notice the productivity drop.
5. In the modern software shop, personal skills are valued more than technical skills.
6. The open office is good for inexperienced and clueless workers (you can always interrupt someone for help) and poor for experienced workers.
March 16th, 2017 7:32pm
Walls are capex. Cubicles are furniture and can be written off faster along with desks and chairs.
Just yesterday I was working with a guy in my cubicle. We were discussing a problem. A guy four cubes over came in and told us the answer to the problem.
He said, "See! Cubicles sure add to the productivity of us all! I heard you talking, and knew I could help."
I wanted to tell the guy that one positive example does not prove the case universally. I knew that argument would be pointless, so I didn't say a word.
Then today I was working on a show-stopper bug. I needed all the concentration I could muster. A boss was in my cubicle along with 2 others, and asked what I needed to get the problem solved. I said, "Fewer people in my cubicle." He laughed. I said, "I need fewer people in my cubicle, NOW!". He left.
One more guy immediately came over to discuss something unrelated and far less important. I told him not now. He continued. I grabbed my "Do not disturb" cone that all of us have, and plopped it down in front him. It took me 2 more minutes to get rid of him. He just wouldn't quit.
A half hour later, there was so much noise over the wall that I couldn't think. It was some banter about a rock collection. I wanted to SCREAM!
Finally, a half hour after that, I regained my sense of flow. The world could have ended, and I would not have noticed. The bug was fixed an hour after that.
I hate cubicles.
You need shooter ear-muffs. They cut enough sound that you can ignore the rest. Mine are made by Remington.
You do not want to wear earmuffs. What if there is a shooter situation and you can't hear anything. You have to be aware of what is going on.